Young, Gifted and Black

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. It takes its title from the Nina Simone song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", which was recorded and released by Simone in 1969.

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
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

Franklin won a 1972 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.[4]

In 2003, the TV network VH1 named it the 76th greatest album of all time. In 2020, it was ranked number 388 by Rolling Stone in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listingEdit

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 positionsEdit

Chart (1972) Peak
Billboard Top LPs[6] 11
Billboard Top Soul LPs[7] 2


Year Title US Pop[8] US R&B[9]
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. ^ "Young, Gifted and Black - Aretha Franklin | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 262–263.
  4. ^ "Aretha Franklin". November 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 2020-09-22. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  6. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 February 2021.