Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder - "Ebony & Ivory"
from the album Tug Of War (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (seven weeks)
Today's song of the day is the collaboration between megastars Paul McCartney (from the Beatles, the #2 biggest act of all time, and solo the #16th act of all time) and Stevie Wonder (the 6th biggest act of all time). The pair came together for the first single from McCartney's Tug Of War album, his first since the death of former bandmate John Lennon. It's pure afterschool special schmaltz, but with a heart - alliterating the racial divide in the country to the keys of a piano.
Of course the song was banned in South Africa at the height of apartheid, and was gloriously parodied on Saturday Night Live, in what may have been Joe Piscopo's sole truly funny moment... The song ended up both Paul's and Stevie's biggest hit (not counting Paul's Beatles' hits).
Tomorrow: Get your back up off the wall...