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The Isley Brothers The Heat Is On RIAA Gold LP Award

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RIAA Gold album award for The Isley Brothers album The Heat Is On. Released on June 7, 1975, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 30, 1975 for 500,000 copies sold. 

The Isley's 13th album, it became their first #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. Fueled by single "Fight The Power (Pt 1 & 2)", which topped the R&B chart and hit #4 on the Hot 100 chart, the group blended pop, funk, soul, and rock sounds on the release. By 1999 the album was certfied 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for two million sold. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "floater" Gold LP award
  • VG condition with original manufacturer sticker
  • First presentation award from 1975
  • Presentation to record promotions executive
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981
  • RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
  • Great collectors item for any fan of The Isley Brothers
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award from 1975. That makes it approx. 47 years old. It is presented to Sherry Santifer, who became the first female, African American promotions manager for CBS Records - New York and New Jersey. She also worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Carole King, Redbone, Minnie Ripperton, The O'Jays and many others. 

Here is Santifer with Earth, Wind & Fire and others: 

Sherry Santifer with Earth, Wind & Fire

The award is in VG condition with typical frame wear and mars on the plexiglass. Its' backing paper is original and, while cut on three sides (taped to help prevent dust intrusion), it retains a portion of a Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: 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:

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