RIAA Gold album award for The Beach Boys Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) album. Signed on the gold disc by singer/songwriter/founder/producer Brian Wilson. Comes with Letter of Authenticity from John Spence Authentication (JSA) for autograph. This album was released on July 5, 1965 and certified Gold by the RIAA on Feb. 7, 1966. Note that this award, while containing some original 1960s components, is not a fully original RIAA white matte award (see more details below). However, with the signed record it does make for a great piece of Beach Boys memorabilia.
One of the biggest albums of The Beach Boys career, the album was produced by Brian Wilson, with two singles becoming signature hits. "Help Me, Rhonda" became the group's second #1 in the U.S., while "California Girls" reached #3. The album peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 while hitting #4 on the UK Chart. See image above for the sales certification data of this album*.
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- RIAA Gold album award
- Gold disc signed by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys
- Presentation to The Beach Boys
- Some components from 1960s RIAA white matte, some not
- In VG condition with some typical wear on the frame
- Wilson autograph authenticated by JSA and comes with LOA (see image)
- MusicGoldmine Authenticity Guarantee for autograph
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great, unique and rare collector's item for any Beach Boys fan
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Detailed Item Description: While we did not create this award and acquired it this way, we have carefully analyzed it and have determined that it has been made from several components from different eras. Some are genuine of the white matte period, and some are not. It has a 1960s RIAA white matte award walnut frame, and correct pre-1969 matte board type although it is likely not original from the 60s given its' condition.
The gold disc which Brian Wilson signed is not a gold-plated metal mother disc as would normally be seen in a white matte award. Instead, it is a gold coated vinyl disc as one would find in post-1985 era awards. It does have the correct to the era record label however. The presentation plate is most likely a reproduction plate. While the font and language appears correct, the album title is missing quote marks and there are small holes on either side of the plate, both of which are inconsistent with typical plate designs found in white matte awards. All these details notwithstanding, this item makes for a striking piece of memorabilia when hanging on a wall.
Overall this award presents in Very Good condition, with typical wear on the wood frame. When we received the award it had no backing paper since it been removed so that Wilson could sign the disc. This also allowed us to fully inspect it per the above and now new backing paper has been installed on the award.
Don't miss this chance to own a very special piece of Beach Boys memorabilia signed by Beach Boys creative genius Brian Wilson.
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Notes on the condition of all vintage record 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 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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com