How Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder came together for their iconic duet 'Ebony and Ivory'

Friday, May 19, 2023

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's duet 'Ebony and Ivory' was one of the biggest songs of 1982.

"Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony."

At a time when the fear and famine during the apartheid era were rife, and racial tensions closer to home continued to bubble, people certainly didn't live in harmony.

It was this tension which inspired Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder to collaborate on one of the biggest songs of the 1980s: 'Ebony and Ivory'.

The 1982 ballad about racial harmony was an enormous hit, and brought together two of the most iconic artists in the history of pop music.

But why did Macca and Wonder choose to join forces, and how? What was the meaning behind the chart-topper and how was it received?


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