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John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme Goes Platinum

The saxophonist's 1965 classic is the first jazz album from the 1960s to be certified for sales of one million copies by the RIAA

The cover of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme
The cover of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) keeps track of album sales collectively and individually—and it keeps keeping track of those albums for years, even decades. Which is how John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, a 1965 release that is one of the most famous and iconic jazz albums, has—after 56 years—been certified platinum for sales of one million copies in the United States.

It is the first jazz album from the 1960s to receive the certification.

Coltrane’s son Ravi and daughter Michelle (the child of his second wife, Alice McLeod Coltrane) received a platinum plaque for the album in a ceremony at the John & Alice Coltrane House in Dix Hills, Long Island, in the first week of November, Variety magazine reports.

Recognized as Coltrane’s masterpiece from the moment it first appeared, the tenor saxophonist’s four-part, album-length suite was recorded December 9, 1964 by his classic quartet: pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones.

The album was previously certified gold (sales of 500,000 copies) in 1970. It has taken over half a century to double those sales.

Interest in the suite, always strong, has been reignited recently. In October, Impulse! Records issued A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, the second of only two known live recordings of Coltrane performing the full piece.