RIAA Gold LP award presented to lead vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top for their album Tres Hombres . Released as their third studio album on July 26, 1973, it was the group's first major success. The release was certified Gold® by the RIAA on May 23, 1974 for 500,000 copies sold.
Classic hit "La Grange" first appeared on this album and went to #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and that and tunes like "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "Waitin' For The Bus" helped push the album rose to #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the "strip plate" era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
- In VG condition with only very minor scratches/mars on frame and plexiglas
- Second presentation award from sometime 1981-85
- Presentation to ZZ Top's lead vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons
- Original backing paper although manufacturer label has fallen off
- Known as a "strip plate" award, which were produced 1981-85
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Great collectors item for any ZZ Top fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a second presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime from 1981-85. That makes this award approx. 35 years old.
This award appears to be completely unaltered and is in very good condition, with only a very minor scratches on the frame and mars on the plexiglas. The award has a very desirable presentation to ZZ Top lead vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Billy Gibbons.
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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.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.