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.

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Track listing[edit]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 ButlerKenny Gamble) 4:26
7. "April Fools" (Burt BacharachHal David) 3:29
8. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (Jerry ButlerOtis Redding) 3:36
9. "First Snow in Kokomo" (Franklin) 4:04
10. "The Long and Winding Road" (John LennonPaul McCartney) 3:38
11. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" (Thom Bell, William Hart) 3:42
12. "Border Song (Holy Moses)" (Bernie TaupinElton John) 3:22


Chart Positions[edit]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" - -
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