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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Ebony and Ivory: harmony notes

This year 2017 -exactly on March 29- is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the publication of a delicious melody, perfectly synchronized and packed into the voices of two living legends of the music of our time. We refer to Ebony and Ivory, and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Put simply, the song related colors black (ebony) and white (ivory) of the piano keys, simbolizandolos more deeply, as an ode to racial harmony and coexistence of humans. The composition came from a sentence of actor, comedian, writer, poet and musician Irish, of Indian origin Spike Milligan, who gave "¡black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!". Although this phrase is much older. James Aggrey popularized back in the 20's, and inspired of the name of a newspaper called The Pan-African Keys, this phrase being used since 1840.
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
Ebony and Ivory

Musicality in the lyrics, and lyrical in the music, that brought the song to be number 1 in numerous countries worldwide, and is considered by many one of the most delicious duets ever made. The song was recorded live in the studio for both musicians, with Isaac Hayes and backing vocals in the chorus, the production of George Martin and Stevie and Paul playing all instruments. Not so the video, that inconsistency in schedules and work commitments, was conducted separately. It was the first single from the first album Paul -without Wings and after learning the hard news of the murder of his partner in the Beatles John Lennon- titled Tug of War in 1982. The album also featured another duet written by both entitled "What's That You're Doing?".
Paul McCartney & stevie Wonder

Thirty-five years symbolizing the union of two great musicians and friends, as well could did hear on the new collaboration between them in the song "Only Our Hearts" for the album by Paul McCartney in the year 2012 entitled Kisses on the Bottom. While still symbolizes a desire for harmony, coexistence and brotherhood among all human beings irrespective of race or sex.

Lyrics Ebony and Ivory
Ebony And Ivory Live Together In Perfect Harmony
Side By Side On My Piano Keyboard, Oh Lord, Why Don't We?

We All Know That People Are The Same Where Ever We Go
There Is Good And Bad In Ev'ryone,
We Learn To Live, We Learn To Give
Each Other What We Need To Survive Together Alive.

Ebony And Ivory Live Together In Perfect Harmony
Side By Side On My Piano Keyboard, Oh Lord Why Don't We?

Ebony, Ivory Living In Perfect Harmony
Ebony, Ivory, Ooh

We All Know That People Are The Same Where Ever We Go
There Is Good And Bad In Ev'ryone,
We Learn To Live, We Learn To Give
Each Other What We Need To Survive Together Alive.

Ebony And Ivory Live Together In Perfect Harmony
Side By Side On My Piano Keyboard, Oh Lord Why Don't We?

Ebony, Ivory Living In Perfect Harmony (Repeat And Fade)
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