On this day in 1982: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder were enjoying their second week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Ebony and Ivory.’ The song would spend a total of 7 weeks at #1 before giving up the top spot to ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by The Human League in early July of 1982.
For McCartney, the song’s run atop the chart was the longest of any of his post-Beatles works, and second longest career-wise behind ‘Hey Jude’ while with the Beatles. For Wonder, it was his longest-running chart-topper and made him the first solo artist to score a least one #1 single within three consecutive decades. It marked the first time that any single released by any member of the Beatles hit the Billboard R&B chart. It was McCartney’s record 28th song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, the song was ranked at #59 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time. In 2013, it was ranked #69 on the Billboard list of the Hot 100 songs of all-time
Here is the complete top ten from the U.S. singles chart for this day back in 1982: