RIAA Platinum LP award for Steely Dan's Greatest Hits album. Released on Nov. 30, 1978, the album was certified Gold and Platinum on the same day by the RIAA -- on December 7, 1978 for one million copies sold. Steely Dan awards are hard to find.
The double album contained singles from their first six albums -- 1972's Can't Buy A Thrill through 1977's Aja -- including "Do It Again", "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", "Reelin' In the Years", "Peg", "Kid Charlemagne" and many more. The album went to #30 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. See image above for the RIAA sales certification info on this album*.
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- RIAA Platinum LP "floater" style award
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame
- First presentation award from 1979
- Presented to Dean Parks who played guitar on "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and other Steely Dan tracks
- Has original back with manufacturer sticker
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981
- RIAA floater awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Steely Dan fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Platinum LP award was made in 1979. It is presented to Dean Parks, a well-known studio guitarist who played on many Steely Dan albums inlcuding on "Rikki Don't Lose That Number".
The award is 43 years old and yet is in VG condition. There are a few mars and scratches on the frame and plexiglass as is typical. The backing paper is original with New York Picture & Frame Co. label.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com
Al Coury/John Lennon photo credit: CalinicoFire - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63773048