Day 136: Ebony and Ivory

Song: “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
Reached #1: May 15, 1982 (McCartney’s fourth, 7 weeks)

There is good and bad in everyone…

30 years on, the basic message of “Ebony and Ivory” is struggling to be heard – ask gay people in North Carolina about “living together in perfect harmony” today…

What I find interesting is that popular opinion on this song seems to be as split as the people it was about.  For everyone who put this song on a Greatest Ever list, there’s one who bashed it.  It’s been called simplistic, saccharine, cheesy… thing is, that should be no surprise.  Paul McCartney has a weak spot, at times, for “cheesy” lyrics. Anyone who’s listed to his solo works knows this – without John Lennon as a balance, McCartney can be very sentimental and, occasionally, just plain weird as a songwriter.

If you’ve hit “play” on the video, you probably figured out that McCartney and Wonder were taped separately due to touring schedules – something very obvious in the scenes where both are on camera.  Technology has marched on, and the editing methods used to get both of them on-screen are rather… um… visible today, aren’t they?

McCartney turns 70 on June 18, and will be celebrating a couple of weeks early by performing at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee concert on June 4.

Tomorrow, a band whose lead singer has also been as involved in “social issues” as McCartney and Wonder…

Other songs that reached #1 on May 15:
1976 –
“Boogie Fever” by the Silvers (their first, 1 week)
1993 – “That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson (her sixth, 8 weeks)
2010 – “OMG” by Usher feat. (Usher’s ninth, 4 weeks)


One comment on “Day 136: Ebony and Ivory

  1. […] Jackson Reached #1: December 10, 1983 (McCartney’s fifth, 6 weeks)Previously by McCartney: Day 136, Day 141 (Wings), Day 154Previously by Jackson: Day 65, Day 246, Day […]

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