July 22, 1969
Gold Record Award (NYC)
Led Zeppelin receives Gold Record awards for their debut LP. Atlantic Records' VP, Jerry Wexler makes the presentation.
June Harris reports in NME (8/2/69): GOLDEN ZEPPELIN
I almost cried with joy as I watched Led Zeppelin receiving a Gold Disc for the sales of their first album, "Led Zeppelin," which has now totaled over one million dollars in sales and a half million copies.
Jimmy Page got all choked up. So did John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant, as Atlantic's Jerry Wexler gave them their awards. Jimmy kept remembering how last October, he brought in the first tapes of their album and how I made a forecast with him that not only would the group win a Gold Disc, but within a year they'd be making $15,000 a night and be as big as Cream or Hendrix.
On their present tour, lasting seven weeks, Led Zeppelin will net somewhere between $300,000 and $350,000, with some dates at $15,000. And the year is not up yet.
"There hasn't been a time when I can honestly say we've ever felt let down for one moment. Look at this," Jimmy said, pulling from his pocket the most magnificent 18-carat gold watch from Tiffany's. "These watches were presented to us by the owner of the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago after out date there last weekend. It's just fantastic!"
"And for each of us to have Gold Records. We didn't tell Bonzo. He thought we were going to get one between us and we'd have to split it up, each of us getting it for three months at a time. I think he's speechless."