RIAA Gold 45 "white matte" award for The Royal Guardsmen's single "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron". The single was released in Nov. 1966 by the Dutch group and certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan. 12, 1967 for one million copies sold.
Inspired by Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip and released as a novelty track, it gained steam and eventually peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 behind the Monkees "I'm A Believer". It also did well in Canada and Australia, topping the charts there. See image above for the RIAA sales certification of this single*.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with white matte, gold disc, and gold info plate
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame
- Made in 1967
- Presented to artist manager/record executive
- Letter of provenance included
- Has unopened original back 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. 13" x 17"
- Beautiful and very rare collector's item for any The Royal Guardsmen and 60s classics fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award was made in 1967 making it about 54 years old. It is presented to Zach Glickman (d. 2015), who managed Dion, a member of Earth Wind & Fire, Frank Zappa and many others through a 50+ year career in the music industry. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Glickman's son Benny who took possession of his late father's awards after he passed away and who also worked extensively in the music industry (see image of letter).
This award is in Very Good condition, considering its age. There is some wear on the wood frame as is typical. The award also has its original backing paper with New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker still present.
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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