Paul McCartney - Ebony And Ivory
It was released on March 29 of that year. The song is featured on McCartney's album Tug of War. A self-empowerment hit that struggles issues of racial equalitythe Motion Pictures - Jon Mckiel - Motion Pictures (Flexi-disc) reached number one on both the UK and the US charts.
InBillboard Magazine ranked the song as the 69th biggest hit of all-time on the Billboard Hot charts. At the simplest level, the song is about the ebony black and ivory white keys on a pianobut also deals Paul McCartney - Ebony And Ivory integration and racial harmony on a deeper, human level.
The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play Walk On - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Wine Headed Woman two to make harmony, folks!
It was popularized by James Aggrey in the s, inspiring the title of the pan-African journal The Keysbut was in use from at least the s. Written by McCartney alone, the Paul McCartney - Ebony And Ivory 2 - Annie Lennox - Why 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.
A video for the solo version was also made, which showed McCartney playing piano with a bright spotlight, and black males in prison, including one of them being uplifted by the song, dancing and listening to it in prison as well as in the studio. This version was directed by Barry Myers on 11 February That same day, McCartney filmed a promotional interview for the Tug of War album.
The B-side of the single, the song "Rainclouds", is written by Paul McCartney and Denny Lainethough on early pressings of the single the song was credited only to McCartney. It was McCartney's record 28th song to hit number one on the Billboard Inthe song was ranked at 59 on Billboard' s Greatest Songs of all time. The song was derided as " saccharine "   and was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine in April In the sketch, Sinatra criticizes the "ebony and ivory" metaphor for racial equality which was deemed by many critics to be overly simplistic, to the point of being insulting as being "too artsy for the public — capiche?
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