May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is an RIAA Platinum Award for the 1997 Blues Traveler LP Straight on Till Morning, which was certified platinum on October 28, 1998. The album was Blues Traveler's fifth studio LP, and was met with some poor critical review, but fans scooped it up. The offered award is from the archives of the "Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Company", and is actually awarded to the owner of the company, Dominic Placco. The plaque on the award reads "Presented to Dominic Placco to Commemorate RIAA Certified Platinum Sales of More Than 1,000,000 Copies of the A&M Records Cassette and C.D. 'Straight on Till Morning'". When an album went gold or platinum, it was common for a band or label to have extra copies of the award presented to producers, executives and, in this case, even tour bus operators! The award measures 11 x 21 inches and presents with mild wear to the frame. Near Mint condition.

Also included are a "Blues Traveler Goes Back to School Fall Tour 1998" 30-page itinerary binder and a concert poster for Blues Traveler with Joan Osborne and Train at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, on Friday, August 29, 1997. The poster measures measures 13 x 19 inches and presents in Near Mint condition. 

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each item in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

RIAA Platinum Record Award for Blues Travelers 1997 LP <em>Straight on Till Morning</em> - Plus Tour Document
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Minimum Bid: $200
Final prices include buyers premium: $230
Estimate: $400 - $500
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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