"To Be Young, Gifted and Black" is a song by Nina Simone with lyrics by Weldon Irvine. It was written in memory of Simone's late friend Lorraine Hansberry, author of the play A Raisin in the Sun. The song was originally recorded and released by Simone in 1969, also featuring on her 1970 album "Black Gold", and was a Civil Rights Movement anthem. Released as a single it peaked at number eight on the R&B chart and number 76 on the Hot 100.
Notable cover versions of the song were recorded by Donny Hathaway (on his 1970 album Everything is Everything), Aretha Franklin (on her 1972 album Young, Gifted and Black) and Bob and Marcia (whose 1970 recording reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart and number 15 in Ireland). Jamaican rocksteady/reggae trio The Heptones recorded a version for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label in 1970.
Bob and Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black / Young, Gifted and Black (Instrumental)
UK Harry J. HJ 6605 (1970).
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
Both record centre labels are free from stains or discolouration.