This Day in Music – 1943: First RIAA Gold Album Award goes to Oklahoma!

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The RIAA Gold Record certification now means 500,000 album units sold. However, in the early stages of RIAA certifications, it meant $1 million in sales. Debuting in 1943, Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the prolific team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. A western-romance, Oklahoma! went on to become a lucrative project garnering numerous awards, revivals, an Oscar nominated film adaptation, and a Special Pulitzer Prize.

Gordon MacRae – “Oklahoma”


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Editorial Assistant Weiyu Dang currently lives in Montreal because of his intense affection for the STM. While he attends McGill to pursue a double major in English and History, Young Wei purposefully lives far from school to capitalize on the metro commute potential. Musical interests include Bartok, Hard Bop, and YG. Weiyu worked for La Scena Musicale from July 4th to August 1st, 2016.

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