The Story of Star Wars Gold In House Award
It is cliche to see gold and platinum record awards lining the offices/homes of artists and record executives. Most official Star Wars recordings (soundtracks, disco spinoffs, singles, and narrated albums) attained the gold and platinum status (500,000 and 1,000,000 units, respectively, in the United States) by recording industry certification agencies in various countries. As a result, there are a multitude of in-house and agency record awards associated with the Star Wars films.

These awards were presented to artists, record execs, and the top creative talent from the Star Wars movies, however, in practice only a handful of these record awards are ever made for a particular certification. Star Wars record awards come in a variety of styles that were issued over the years: floater, strip plate, hologram. Some feature an LP or 45 RPM record, CD, or cassette, or some combination.

This is an in house gold award for The Story of Star Wars narrated album (featuring the original cast soundtrack along with music composed by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra). It is the strip plate style and is awarded for sale of 500,000 units in the United States. The Story of Star Wars is one of the widely popular Star Wars albums ever produced, and it is common to find it among old Star Wars collections that come up for sale. Before there was VHS and DVD, The Story of Star Wars was the next best thing to owning a copy of the actual movie. In house awards are frequently created by record labels to honor some of their finest selling albums. These awards can be as difficult or even rarer than official RIAA counterparts.

Description by: Gus Lopez
Photo: Gus Lopez
From the collection of: Gus Lopez
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Licensee:20th Century Fox Records
Style:Strip Plate
Category:Awards / Music


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