RIAA Gold LP award for the Village People's Live And Sleazy album, which was released in September 1979. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 25, 1980 for 500,000 copies sold.
This was a double album with one live disc and one studio recording disc. The live LP featured tracks sung by original "cop" Victor Willis, while the studio disc featured later "cop" David Hodo, "constriction worker" Ray Simpson, and "G.I." Alex Briley. The album rose to #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in 1979.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold presentation plate
- In Good to VG condition with some scratches on frame and some fading of the matte and album miniature
- First presentation award from 1980
- Presentation to engineer/mixer Gary Miller
- Appears to have original backing paper
- 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
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Great collectors item
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1980 given the certification date and since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81. This makes this award around 40 years old.
The award is presented to Gary Miller, who created the remix of the group's famous track "Y.M.C.A." Miller, a British producer/mixer, also worked with Boy George, David Bowie, Lionel Richie, Donna Summer and many other artists.
This award is in Good to VG condition, with some scratches on the frame and some matte fading and minor discoloration of the gold disc. There is one somewhat significant scratch to the right of the RIAA logo plate as shown in the image. The award's backing paper appears to be the original and a clear outline of what would have been a New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker as well.
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