The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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The soundtrack for Elvis’ 1960 film G.I. Blues was recorded in April and May 1960 at RCA Victor Studio C and Radio Recorders in Hollywood. The album, released by RCA in October 1960, topped the Billboard charts. The soundtrack for G.I. Blues was also nominated for two Grammy awards in 1960. In its heyday, Radio Recorders was the best recording studio in Los Angeles and Studio C was the heart. Radio Recorders was used by RCA and other labels and witnessed greats such as Elvis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, the Carpenters, Jimmy Hendrix and many more. The G.I. Blues soundtrack album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 13, 1963.

The offered original white linen matte RIAA gold record award was likely issued in 1964, after achieving Gold status in 1963. While the RIAA certified the album gold in 1963, is currently understood that the white linen matte backed versions of the awards were first used in 1964. Gold discs were awarded by RIAA for album sales in excess of one million dollars from 1958 to 1974. This framed award displays a plaque, next to a small image of the album cover and mounted beneath the gold record, that reads “Presented to ELVIS PRESLEY to commemorate the sale of more than one million dollars worth of the RCA RECORDS long-playing record album ‘G.I. BLUES’” all set against a white linen matte background. The reverse contains the framing label from New York Frame & Picture Co. on 141 Fulton Street in New York. The success of this soundtrack album set the stage for Elvis’ musical career to focus on his films for the next decade, as Elvis became a Hollywood legend. The framed award measures 21 1/2 by 17 1/2 inches (54.61 x 44.45 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The award is in excellent condition overall.
RIAA Gold Record Award for Soundtrack to Elvis Presley’s 1960 Film <em>G.I. Blues</em> - Awarded in 1963
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,250.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 19
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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