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Gold records stolen belong to drummer from "Player"

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It was one of the biggest hits in the 70's, the band "Player" earned a gold record for the sales of the song "Baby come back."

But one of the band members who lives in the valley had that gold record, and three others stolen.

Someone took them from his north Phoenix home.

It's a symbol of success that few will ever earn, a gold record for selling more than a million copies.

John Friesen was the drummer in the 70's rock band Player. You might not recognize his name, but you probably know the song that earned him the gold records.

The tune earned Friesen four-gold records in 1978; he can still clearly remember when it happened.

"The band was recording it's second album, we were on the same record label as the Beegees and we knocked them out of first place. We got number one; they got number two, and they sent us a telegram congratulating us, it was huge," said Friesen.

36 years-later what he has left of that day was taken from his home.

Friesen came home on July 16th and found his front door kicked open, his home ransacked, valuables gone, and an empty wall where the albums were displayed.

"It's like taking your arm, it's all you got you know, I have the memories and thoughts, those were all fun and everything, you only notice it when it's gone," he said.

He also noticed the kindness of his neighbors. His two dogs, Ike and Tina, were home during the burglary, but Ike was missing.

"I didn't really know them, but they got in their cars and split off, going both ways," said Friesen.

Ike was later found safe, but Friesen says his family is still recovering from the ordeal. Aside from material things he says what was really taken from him is his peace of mind.

"Now I have a steel bar under the bed, who wants to live like that, the things they took from my wife Joyce were heirlooms... and those sons of... shouldn't take it," he said.

He says the gold records are probably not worth a lot of money. He can only hope the thieves have a change of heart and return them.

Neighbors reported seeing a dark blue/green Cadillac Escalade near the home during the time of the break-in. Police are also worried the thieves may try to sell the gold records as well.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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