1982 – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

1982 – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory.’ This was McCartney’s 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter.

 

Lyrics:

Ebony
 and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh lord, why dont we?
We all know that people are the same where ever we go
There is good and bad in evryone,
We learn to live, we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive together alive.

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard
, oh lord why dont we?

Ebony, ivory living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, ooh

We all know that people are the same where ever we go
There is good and bad in evryone,
We learn to live, we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive together alive.

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why dont we?

Ebony, ivory living in perfect harmony (repeat and fade)

“Ebony and Ivory” is a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney, performed with Stevie Wonder. It was released on March 29 of that year. At the simplest level, the song is about the ebony (black) and ivory (white) keys on a piano, but also deals with integration and racial harmony on a deeper level. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. The song is featured on McCartney’s album Tug of War as well as several of Wonder’s Greatest Hits albums. The song reached number one on both the UK and the US charts in 1982.

Although written by McCartney alone, the song was performed live in the studio by both McCartney and Wonder, though due to conflicting work schedules, both recorded their parts for the song’s music video separately (as explained by McCartney in his commentary for The McCartney Years 3-dvd boxed set).

“Ebony and Ivory” spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the fourth-biggest hit of 1982. It would also mark the first time that any single released by any member of the Beatles would hit the Billboard Black Singles charts.

Following the song’s massive chart success, it was derided as “saccharine” and was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine.

The song listed at #59 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.

 Chart positions
Chart (1982)   Peak
position  
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard AC 1
German Media Control Singles Chart 1
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart 1
Australian Kent Music Report 2
Swiss Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 26
Japanese Oricon International Chart 1

Single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
from the album Tug of War
B-side “Rainclouds”
Released March 29, 1982
Format 7″
Recorded 1981
Genre Pop/R&B
Label Parlophone/EMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer George Martin

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