Single release: Ebony And Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

‘Ebony And Ivory’, a duet between Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, was released as a single on 29 March 1982.

Produced by George Martin, it was the lead single from McCartney’s Tug Of War album.

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory single cover

‘Ebony And Ivory’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, and became the fourth biggest hit in the USA in 1982.

The single was McCartney’s longest spell at number one in the USA as a solo artist, and the second-longest behind ‘Hey Jude’ including his Beatles work. It was also Stevie Wonder’s longest chart-topper, and enabled him to become the first solo artist to top the US chart in three consecutive decades.

It also topped the singles charts in Canada, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Spain, the UK, and Zimbabwe. It was a top 10 hit in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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