Young, Gifted and Black: Remembering Aretha Franklin

The queen has received her reward in Heaven, but would like to take time to thank her for rewarding us with a treasure trove of classic albums to enjoy in perpetuity.

Everyone at had their own favorite album by the “Queen of the Soul,” but “Young, Gifted and Black” won out as the favorite amongst those in the office.

Sure, Aretha Franklin’s “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” received a platinum plaque for 1 million sales, and her 1972 album, “Young, Gifted and Black” only received a gold plaque, symbolizing 500,000 in sales.

Furthermore, albums like “Lady Soul” did better on the pop charts, but that 1972 album remains the standout album for the “Queen of Soul.”

On “Young, Gifted and Black,” the Detroit native combined the best of three worlds, blending soul, gospel and Black empowerment into a masterful body of work.

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