Young, Gifted and Black

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Young, Gifted and Black
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 24, 1972
RecordedAugust 1970 – February 1971
Aretha Franklin chronology
Aretha's Greatest Hits
Young, Gifted and Black
Amazing Grace
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 eighteenth 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 Franklin 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", which was originally recorded and released by Simone in 1969. In 2003, the TV network VH1 named it the 76th greatest album of all time.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideA[1]
Rolling Stone(favorable) link

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"Jim Doris3:42
2."Day Dreaming"Aretha Franklin4:00
3."Rock Steady"Aretha Franklin3:15
4."Young, Gifted and Black"3:34
5."All the King's Horses"Aretha Franklin3:56
6."Brand New Me"4:26
Side two
7."April Fools"3:29
8."I've Been Loving You Too Long"3:36
9."First Snow in Kokomo"Aretha Franklin4:04
10."The Long and Winding Road"3:38
11."Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
12."Border Song (Holy Moses)"3:22


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 11
Billboard Top Soul LPs 2


Year Title US Pop US R&B
1970 "Border Song (Holy Moses)" 37 5
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


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: F". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via