RIAA Gold 45 award for The Doors "Hello, I Love You" presented to The Doors. This single was released in June 1968 and certified Gold by the RIAA on August 28, 1968 for 1 million copies sold.
Written by Jim Morrison, the track was a single off of The Doors Waiting For The Sun album and it went to #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada. It also became the group's highest charting single to that date in the UK, rising to #15. As an interesting side note, this record is considered the first rock 45 rpm record to be recorded and released in stereo, a new format at the time. See image above for RIAA sales certification of the single*.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc and gold info plate
- Presented to The Doors
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1968
- 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 from the 1960s numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Beautiful and very rare collector's item
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold 45 single award is presented to The Doors. Artist presentations like this are the most valued by collectors. It was made in 1968 given its certification date and the manufacturer's sticker is correct with the pre-1969 141 Fulton St., NY address. (After 1969 the company moved to 29 John St., NY address). The smoother, whiter Miller board used post-1967 is present.
The award is in VG condition for an approx. 53-year-old piece although it does have a few minor mars and scratches on the frame as is typical. The backing paper is original with only a minor tear and the New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker is present.
Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from the collector who owned the award since the early 1990s. Provenance letter can be seen in images with collector's name obscured for privacy. Item buyer will receive a non-obscured copy of the letter.
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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 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