Today I bought a copy of “Ebony and Ivory” sung by Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (who would definitely have a “Sir” in front of his name if he were British). I paid 99 cents for the record, but when I peeled back the tag, I found two matching others beneath it. The oldest tag marks it at $4.99, the next at $1.99, and finally the mere $.99 that I paid. Who knows how long this record has been sitting around, enduring continually depreciating value until I saw it today.
Five bucks is a lot to pay for a used 45 from 1982, but this song hit number one in both the US and the UK and it features two of the most important musicians of the 20th century. This song gets at the most important social and political issue of the last two hundred years. It’s written by the same person who wrote “Blackbird” and sung with the person who wrote “Pastime Paradise” and “Livin’ for the City”. I’m no market expert on records, but I think it’s worth more than a buck.