Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder: Ebony and Ivory
Hitting number 1 in both the US and UK charts, it’s one of the greatest songs of all time, not just of the eighties. It was a hit alover the world hitting the top spots in most ranking countries. It was released in 1982 by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, who both recorded the song in studio, but individually because of conflicting work schedules. The single was written exclusively by Paul McCartney.
Inspired by racial equality issues, the song allegorically refers to the keys on a keyboard, black and white, both necessary to play a piano.
Not surprisingly, it also caused political issues, but the ban in South Africa stands out, apparently for Stevie Wonder accepting an award for the song in the name of Nelson Mandela in 1984, during the Apartheid era.