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 tackles issues of racial equalitythe song 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 keys on a pianobut also deals with 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 the two to make harmony, folks! It was popularised 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 song was 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 African-American males in prison, including one of them being uplifted by the song, "Ebony and ivory psych" 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 Ebony and ivory psych 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 The phrase, " Keyboard, Oh Lord! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. For the piano duo, see Ebony and Ivory piano duo. For the fictional handguns, see Dante Devil May Cry. The All-Time Top Songs". Retrieved 9 August Making Musicpage Ebony and ivory psych Press,page Retrieved 3 March — via Google Books.
Retrieved 3 March It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever! Archived from the original on December 31, The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May South Africa's Star Attractor". The Essential Chart Guide. Archived from the original on Retrieved 7 November Retrieved 13 January Chart File Volume 2.
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