RIAA Gold Album Award for ZZ Top album Greatest Hits, presented to and personally owned by Dusty Hill of ZZ Top. Released on April 14, 1992 , it was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 copies sold on June 22, 1992. Remember Dusty Hill (1949-2021) with this rare piece of ZZ Top music history.
The release included tracks from the albums released during 1979–1990, from Degüello through Recycler such as "Cheap Sunglasses", "Gimme' All Your Lovin' ", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Legs" and more although earlier cuts "Tush" and "La Grange" were also included.
The album reached #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and into the top 10 in many other countries around the world. By 2000 the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum for three million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this release*.
*See our article HERE for more rare Dusty Hill-presented record awards available here at MusicGoldmine.com.
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- RIAA Gold Album sales award
- In Excellent condition
- Award made in 1992
- Presented to and personally owned by Dusty Hill
- All original, rebacked during Hill's ownership
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
- Fantastic rare collectors item for any fan of ZZ Top
- Includes original custom hard shell box
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is an official RIAA Gold Album "R hologram" award. Undoubtedly, the best feature of this award is that it is presented to and was personally owned by ZZ Top co-founder, bassist, co-lead singer, and songwriter Dusty Hill. It was acquired in a 2023 auction personally authorized by Hill's widow Charleen “Chuck” McCrory Hill.
The award was made in 1992, making it approx. 32 years old. It is in Excellent condition with only very minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. It was rebacked at some point during Hill's ownership. Hill was known to carefully care for and display his memorabilia and the award includes its' original custom hard shell box. Some of his many pieces can be seen hanging on his walls in the 2019 Banger Films/Eagle Rock ZZ Top documentary That Little Ol' Band From Texas.
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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