RIAA Gold LP award for Simply Red album Picture Book. Released on Oct. 11, 1985, it was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 22, 1986 for 500,000 copies sold.
Singles "Holding Back the Years", and a cover of The Valentine Brothers' "Money's Too Tight (to Mention)" both drove this album to #16 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and #2 on the UK chart. It also placed highly on many other world charts and earned the group a pair of Grammy award nominations. By 1990 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million copies sold. See image above for RIAA certifications of this album.*
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- RIAA Gold LP award
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1986
- Presentation to radio industry executive
- Original back with manufacturer's sticker
- Known as a RIAA flower hologram award, they were made from 1986-1989
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collectors item for any Simply Red fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a RIAA Gold flower hologram award made in 1986 making it 37 years old. The award is presented to radio industry talent Bill Berger, who was at New Jersey station WFMU for over three decades.
This award is in VG condition with minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. The award is all original with Fitzgerald-Hartley manufacturer's sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com