RIAA Gold 45 award for The Doors "Light My Fire" presented to Jim Morrison. This single released on January 1, 1967 and certified Gold by the RIAA on Sept. 11, 1967 for 1 million copies sold.
"Light My Fire" went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart nearly a year after its recording. Written mainly by guitarist Robby Krieger (although credited to all four Doors members) it is a track off The Doors 1966 debut album. In 1968, a year after its' first success, it re-entered the Hot 100 following the success of José Feliciano's version of the song. It also did well in numerous other markets around the world. On Sept. 28, 2018 it was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million copies sold. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this single*.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc and gold info plate
- Presented to Jim Morrison
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1967
- 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 Jim Morrison. Artist presentations like this are the most valued by collectors. It was made in 1967 making it approx. 55 years old 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 award has the coarse textured, off-white Bainbridge matte board used 1967 and prior.
The award is in VG condition although it does have a few minor mars and scratches on the frame as is typical and some minor discoloration of the gold disc and presentation plate. The backing paper is original with only a minor tear (repaired with tape) 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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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com