Monday, May 11, 2015

Calendar* Correction: 'Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Several websites report that the great Elton John album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was released in the United States on May 17, 1975 and was certified Platinum on the date of release.  Several websites, including MTV, and unfortunately Elton's official website, claim that the album was released May 23.  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which certifies official album sales, reports that the album was released May 19, and the RIAA certified the album Gold on May 21.  As great an album as Captain Fantastic is, it is physically impossible for an album to be certified Gold if it hasn't been released yet.  As for the LP's Platinum status, the RIAA did not certify the album as Platinum until March 23, 1993, as shown on their official website. 

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