RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum LP award for the Rolling Stones album Steel Wheels. Released on August 25, 1989 it was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA on Jan. 9, 1990 for two million copies sold.
The album notable in that it was the last recorded with long-time bassist Bill Wyman. It produced a pair of hits, "Mixed Emotions," which rose to #1 in Canada and #5 in the U.S., and "Rock and a Hard Place," which went to #23 in the U.S.. The album went to #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, #2 in the U.K. and #1 in Canada. See image above for the RIAA certifications of this album.*
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- RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum LP award
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1990
- Presented to record label executive
- Letter of provenance included
- Original backing paper (manufacturer label torn off)
- Known as a "R hologram" RIAA award, they were made from 1990-97
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Great collectors item for any Rolling Stones fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1990. That makes this award approx. 32 years old. The award is presented to Jerry Blair, a record executive who held roles at CBS, Chrysalis, and Columbia Records.
Blair played a key role in the success of artists including the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, George Michael, Will Smith and many others. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Blair's son, who later took possession of his father's awards (see image of letter, son's name is redacted on image, buyer will receive unredacted copy).
This award is in VG to Excellent condition with only very minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. It has its original back with no manufacturer sticker but there is a sticker residue area in the size and shape consistent with a Creative Glassics sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com