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Australian singles charts:
Black and White entered the Kent charts on 25 September 1972 and peaked at #21.
The song is on Seven Separate Fools which entered the Kent album charts on 11 December 1972 and peaked at #21.
Earl Robinson, David I. Arkin
Record label of Australian release:
BONUS TRACK BELOW – version by Greyhound
An influential American folk singer named Earl Robinson wrote this in 1954 with lyricist David Arkin (who is the father of actor Alan Arkin). The song is about racism, and was inspired by a US Supreme Court ruling that segregation in public schools is illegal. The original folk song (but not Three Dog Night’s version) includes the line, “Their robes were black, their heads were white” which refers to the judges.
When Three Dog Night recorded this, it came at a time when civil rights was a big issue in America.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/three-dog-night/black-and-white
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 70s
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A number of other versions of Black and White were recorded, including one by British reggae band Greyhound. It entered the Kent singles chart in Australia on 13 December 1971 and peaked at #88.
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