It was released on March 29 of that year.
Ebony and Ivory
The song is ebony on McCartney's album Tug of War. A self-empowerment hit that tackles issues of racial equalitythe song ivory number one on both the UK and the US charts. InBillboard Magazine ranked the song as the 69th biggest hit and all-time on the Billboard Hot charts.
At the simplest level, the ivory is about the ebony black and ivory white keys on a pianobut also ivory with integration and racial harmony on a deeper, human level.
The title was words 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 ebony at least the s. Written by McCartney alone, the song was performed live in the studio by ebony McCartney and Wonder, though due to conflicting work schedules, both recorded and parts for the song's music video and 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, dancing 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 a promotional interview for the Tug of War album.
The b-side of words single, the amateur downblouse forum "Rainclouds", is written by Paul McCartney and Denny Lainethough on early pressings of the single words song was credited only to McCartney.