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Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder back in studio together for first time in 30 years

Published 25/01/2012 | 16:51

Their last collaboration produced Ebony and Ivory, was recently voted the worst duet in history.

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So you might forgive the fans of Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder if they are not overly excited by the news the musical superstars have teamed up again.



The pair, who last recorded together in 1981, have been back in the studios to cut a track for Sir Paul's latest album inspired by and featuring many songs from his Liverpool youth.



They work together one of only two songs written by the former Beatle on the album Kisses on The Bottom.



The track called Only Our Hearts was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles late last year and will be released on the album due out next month.



Sir Paul, 69, recently described it as a "30-40s genre" song and said it was his producer Tommy LiPuma, who suggested the 61-year-old soul singer was brought in.



"We had this song, 'Only Our Hearts' which is very ‘'30s to '40s genre, that I’d written on purpose to be in that style," he said.



"The producer said, 'What about Stevie' and I was like 'Wow'. It was a bit in left field.



"He agreed to come along, I met him after recording all those years ago, I’ve seen him off and on, but to record with him, we hadn’t done it in a while.



"But he’s such a genius. That’s one of the great things about this album. Everyone is such a great musician."



Kisses On the Bottom is the Sir Paul's fifteenth solo album and also features the jazz artist Diana Diana Krall, and Eric Clapton.



Ebony and Ivory eventually came out in 1982 and reached number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic.



However it was not a critical success and was derided as overly "saccharine".



It was later named as the 10th worst song of all time by Blender music magazine.



On October 2007, it was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.

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