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Queen of Soul's ''Border Song'' History

Written by Chief Editor.

Young, Gifted and Black was the twentieth studio album released by Aretha Franklin. It included a cover of Elton's Border Song, and came out in 1972.
 
Years later, in 1993, Elton and Aretha Franklin performed the song together on the latter's Duets special. This sold-out concert at the Nederlander Theater was to benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis.

The benefit was taped and broadcast the following month on the Fox network. Gloria Estefan, George Michael, Bonnie Raitt, Smokey Robinson and Rod Stewart also took part.

More recently, on Monday night, Rhiannon Giddens, accompanied by pianist Dirk Powell, sang Border Song, slightly changing the final line to “Can we live in peace?”
 
They were performing at New York's Carnegie Hall at an Aretha Franklin musical tribute. The evening marked the 14th in a series of benefit tribute concerts produced by Michael Dorf.

In 2007, Dorf put together a homage to the music of Elton and Bernie Taupin. Proceeds from the show, as well as the aforementioned, assisted music education programs for at-risk or underprivileged young people.