15 May, 2019 Efemérides Grupo Stereo Siete

15 de Mayo del año 1982, Paul McCartney y Stevie Wonder están juntos en perfecta armonía.

El himno de armonía racial “Ebony And Ivory”, de Paul McCartney y Stevie Wonder, llega al número 1 en los Estados Unidos.

If black and white keys can get along on a piano, why can’t people? That’s what Paul McCartney wondered when he wrote the song. Originally a solo effort, it became a superstar collaboration when Wonder joined.

Included on McCartney’s Tug Of War album, the single shoots to #1, where it stays for seven weeks, tying Joan Jett’s version of “I Love Rock And Roll” for most weeks at the top during the year. But unlike that song and other upbeat chart-toppers of 1982 like “Eye of the Tiger” and “Centerfold,” after listeners spend months subjected to “Ebony And Ivory,” they have no desire to hear it again. The song is rather cloying and a little preachy. The sentiment is strong, but once you hear a line like, “We all know that people are the same where ever you go,” you get the message.

It is right in line with Wonder’s efforts to uplift and unify; he has been crusading to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday in America, a goal that is realized in 1983. Wonder also fights against apartheid in South Africa, leading the charge to free Nelson Mandela.

In 1983, McCartney again scores a #1 hit with a superstar duet, this time with Michael Jackson on “Say Say Say.”

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