Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors
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DescriptionLynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors RIAA Gold Sales Award Presented to Ronnie Van Zant. A gold sales award for the fifth Skynyrd LP, presented to original vocalist Ronnie Van Zant.
Van Zant's vocals and songwriting prowess were essential to the Lynyrd Skynyrd sound. Armed with three guitarists, a strong rhythm section, and a keyboardist, the band racked up numerous hit singles and albums in the 1970s. Street Survivors (with the singles "What's Your Name" and "You Got That Right") would be the final LP featuring Van Zant, as a plane crash in the fall of 1977 would claim his life, along with the lives of bandmates Steve and Cassie Gaines, a road manager, and both pilots.
A major sign this award was given posthumously is with the miniature record album cover in the bottom left corner. The original album cover featured the band standing in front of flames and withdrawn after the plane crash. It was replaced by a shot of the band in front of a black background (which is what you see on this award).
According to the plaque in the bottom right corner, "Presented To / Ronnie Van Zant / To Commemorate the Sale of More Than / 500,000 Copies of the / MCA Records / Long-Playing Record Album / ‘Street Survivors'." Measures 17" x 21". In Very Good Plus condition with chipping and scuffs on the frame. COA from Heritage Auctions.
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