BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #516:’ EBONY AND IVORY’- PAUL MCCARTNEY WITH STEVIE WONDER – MAY 15, 1982

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Billboard #1 Hits: #516: ‘Ebony And Ivory’- Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder. May 15, 1982. #1 for 7 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Ebony And Ivory’- Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
  • Record Company-Columbia
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by Paul McCartney
  • Time: 3:42
  • B-side: ‘Rainclouds
  • Album- Tug Of War
  • Grade: C
  • Peaked at #1 7 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel. Japan, Norway, Spain.

While it was a major hit- I have never thought much of this song. You get two of the biggest stars of all time together and this is what the result is? The other songs Paul and Stevie did for the Tug Of War album- ‘What’s That You’re Doing” was much much better. But then again who am I to argue with Paul McCartney- he knows better when it comes to writing hit songs?

8 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #516:’ EBONY AND IVORY’- PAUL MCCARTNEY WITH STEVIE WONDER – MAY 15, 1982

  1. I have to say while musically Paul has written much better songs, I’ve always liked “Ebony and Ivory” because of the tune’s message. I also thought the image of the black and white keys on the piano keyboard was a creative way to illustrate racial harmony.

  2. As I suggested on my own post for it, two huge talents , one good idea for a theme but it rather misses on execution. One of the blander and more grating sounding singles of that era and unfortunately not a highlight in either’s career.

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