Young, Gifted and Black

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Young, Gifted and Black
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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
ReleasedJanuary 24, 1972
RecordedAugust 1970 – February 1971
GenreSoul
Length44:46
Label
Producer
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 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(A) link
Rolling Stone(favorable) link

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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)"
3:42
12."Border Song (Holy Moses)"3:22

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

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

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