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Stevie Ray Vaughan The Sky Is Crying RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum LP award for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble album The Sky Is Crying. Released on Oct. 29, 1991, it was certified Platinum for one million sold on January 24, 1992. 

Vaughan's fifth and final album before the blues guitar great's untimely passing, it became Vaughan and company's highest charting album, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It also included a Grammy award-winning cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing". By 1995 the album had been certified 2x Multi-Platinum. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. Remember Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) with this award.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum album award
  • In VG condition only a few very minor scratches on frame 
  • First presentation award from 1992
  • Presented to music publisher
  • Known as a "R hologram" award they were made from 1990-1997
  • Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
  • Has been rebacked
  • Great collectors item for any Stevie Ray Vaughan fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA award made in 1992, making it 30 years old. This award is presented to music publisher Bug Music, who acted as music publisher of some of Vaughan's material. The company was acquired by BMG in 2011.

It is in VG to Excellent condition. Internal components appear all original, the backing paper is however missing and it appears to have been rebacked. Because it has a glass front, it is suspected to have been made by Al's Custom Frames & Gallery out of Nashville, a licensed RIAA award manufacturer in the 90s who often used glass in their RIAA awards (like this Tanya Tucker award), but this is only conjecture.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide.

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com