RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for The Allman Brothers Band album Brothers And Sisters. Released in August 1973, it was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 21, 1973 for one million dollars worth sold.
The album reached #1 on the Billboard Top LP's and Tapes chart on the strength the classic singles "Ramblin' Man", which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Jessica", a rare instrumental hit. The last album to feature Berry Oakley on bass (on two tracks) due to his untimely death at age 24, which was sadly reminiscent of Duane Allman's fatal motorcycle accident from a year earlier. Due to these deaths, Greg Allman and Dickie Betts played more major roles on this album both vocally and in terms of songwriting. By 1995 the album had been certified Platinum. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG condition with some typical mars on the frame (see more detail below)
- A first presentation award from 1973
- Presented to Warner Bros. Records
- Original backing paper with manufacturer sticker
- "White matte" awards (obviously so-named due to the white matte used) were made from from 1964-1974
- RIAA white matte awards numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any fan of The Allman Brothers Band
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award was made in 1973 given the album's certification date, making it about 50 years old. The award is presented to Warner Bros. Records, who at the time distributed releases on the then independent Capricorn Records label.
Despite its' age, the award is in Very Good condition. There are a few mars on the wood frame as is expected. The matte and presentation plate, gold record and label are in Excellent condition and the glass is clear. The award's backing paper is original with New York Picture & Frame Co. manufacturer sticker.
RIAA white matte awards for The Allman Brothers Band are very hard to find.
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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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com