Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder reach No.1 in 1982 with “Ebony and Ivory”

The song tackles issues of racial equality

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder reach No.1 in 1982 with “Ebony and Ivory”

“Ebony and Ivory” was written by former Beatle Paul McCartney and released as a duet with Stevie Wonder on March 26, 1982. As the title suggests, the song tackles issues of racial equality and was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!” “Ebony and Ivory” spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 starting on April 25, 1982, and was the fourth-biggest hit of 1982. For Paul McCartney, the song’s run atop the chart was the longest of any of his post-Beatles works, and second longest career-wise (behind “Hey Jude” with The Beatles); for Wonder, it was his longest-running chart-topper. It marked the first time that any single released by any member of the Beatles hit the Billboard R&B chart. It was McCartney’s record 28th song to hit number one on the Billboard 100. The following year, 1983, Paul McCartney would score again another duet-hit with the song “Say Say Say” together with Michael Jackson.

Look back at 1982 music video for “Ebony And Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

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