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A Love Supreme Goes Gold

It’s been a long time coming, but John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (Impulse!) has finally been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Well, truthfully, the landmark album has sold well over 500,000 copies since it came out in 1964, but this recent recognition comes as a result of its shipping over 500,000 units since the SoundScan tabulation system was instituted in 1991. It’s heartening to find out that over 45 years after its release, A Love Supreme, and Coltrane’s music in general, is finding new listeners.

Both Coltrane’s widow, pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane (pictured left), and daughter, Michelle Coltrane Carbonell, were on hand at the John Coltrane 75th Anniversary Tribute at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles to accept a deluxe commemorative plaque from Verve Music President Ron Goldstein. Goldstein must be happy as two other albums from the Verve catalog (which includes discs on Verve, Impulse!, GRP and Blue Thumb) were recently certified Gold by the RIAA: Ella Fitzgerald’s Best of the Songbooks and Gato Barbieri’s Calienete.

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