On this day 58 years ago (March 14, 1958), the RIAA awarded their very first gold record for Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star.
While the concept of a gold record was not new, this was the first one named by the RIAA, the award that has become the standard of the industry. Written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, the melody for the song was based on Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and was Como's final number 1 record.
Here's Como singing the song in a medley with his previous hit, Magic Moments, on a BBC television show that, while not identified, looks to be from the late 60's.
The RIAA would only give a total of five Gold Singles before the turn of the decade:
- Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como (awarded March 14, 1958)
- He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Laurie London (July 8, 1958)
- Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley (August 11, 1958)
- Patricia - Perez Prado (August 18, 1958)
- Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio (January 21, 1959)