Young, Gifted and Black

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Young, Gifted and Black
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released January 24, 1972
Recorded August 1970 – February 1971
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 44:46
Label Atlantic (#7213), Rhino
Producer Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Aretha's Greatest Hits
(1971)
Young, Gifted and Black
(1972)
Amazing Grace
(1972)
Singles from Young, Gifted and Black
  1. "Border Song (Holy Moses)"
    Released: 1970
  2. "A Brand New Me"
    Released: 1971
  3. "Rock Steady"/"Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"
    Released: August 1, 1971
  4. "Young, Gifted and Black"
    Released: January 18, 1972
  5. "Day Dreaming"/"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
    Released: February, 1972
  6. "All the King's Horses"/"April Fools"
    Released: 1972

Young, Gifted and Black is the nineteenth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on January 24, 1972 by Atlantic Records. The album is Top 10 Gold-certified. The album won Aretha a 1972 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance of the year. It takes its title from the Nina Simone song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." In 2003, the TV network VH1 named it the 76th greatest album of all time.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (A) link
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length
1. "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)" (Jim Doris) 3:42
2. "Day Dreaming" (Franklin) 4:00
3. "Rock Steady" (Franklin) 3:15
4. "Young, Gifted and Black" (Nina Simone) 3:34
5. "All the King's Horses" (Franklin) 3:56
6. "A Brand New Me" (Theresa Bell, Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble) 4:26
7. "April Fools" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 3:29
8. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (Jerry Butler, Otis Redding) 3:36
9. "First Snow in Kokomo" (Franklin) 4:04
10. "The Long and Winding Road" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 3:38
11. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" (Thom Bell, William Hart) 3:42
12. "Border Song (Holy Moses)" (Bernie Taupin, Elton John) 3:22

Personnel[edit]

Chart Positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album
Year Title Pop chart Black chart
1972 Young, gifted and black #11 #2
Billboard (North America) - singles
1970 "Border Song (Holy Moses)" #37 #5
1971 "Brand New Me" - -
1971 "Rock Steady" #9 #2
1972 "All The King's Horses" #26 #7
1972 "Day Dreaming" #5 #1
1972 "Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)" #73 #9
1972 "April Fools" - -