Black Pearl (Checkmates, Ltd. song)

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"Black Pearl"
Black Pearl - Checkmates, Ltd.jpg
Single by Checkmates, Ltd.
from the album Love Is All We Have to Give
B-side"Lazy Susan"
ReleasedApril 1969 (U.S.)
July 1969 (AUS)
GenreSoul
Length3:25
LabelA&M 1053 (U.S.)
A&M 2985 (AUS)
Songwriter(s)Phil Spector, Toni Wine, Irwin Levine
Producer(s)Phil Spector
Checkmates, Ltd. singles chronology
"Love Is All I Have to Give"
(1969)
"Black Pearl"
(1969)
"Proud Mary"
(1969)

"Black Pearl" is a song written by Phil Spector, Toni Wine, and Irwin Levine, inspired by the 1968 Sidney Poitier movie For Love of Ivy about Ivy Moore, a maid who after nine years of service leaves to go to secretarial school,[1] performed by Sonny Charles and the Checkmates, Ltd. It reached #8 on the R&B chart, #13 on the Billboard pop chart, and #31 in Australia in 1969.[2] The song was featured on their 1969 album, Love Is All We Have to Give.[3]

The song was produced by Phil Spector and arranged by Perry Botkin, Jr.[4] AllMusic described it as "one of the great Phil Spector productions, a phenomenal song with his extraordinary sound."[5]

The single ranked #66 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1969.[6]

Chart history

Other versions

References

  1. ^ Mick Brown (2007). Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  2. ^ Checkmates, Ltd., "Black Pearl" chart positions Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Checkmates, Ltd., Love Is All We Have to Give Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Checkmates, Ltd., "Black Pearl" single release Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sonny Charles & the Checkmates, Ltd. / Checkmates Ltd". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1969". Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Go-Set National Top 40, 6 September 1969
  8. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 15 August 1969
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Billboard' Hot R&B songs, June 21, 1969
  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 19, 1969
  12. ^ "RPM Top Singles of 1969". Library and Archives Canada. RPM. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  13. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  14. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1969". Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  15. ^ Horace Faith, "Black Pearl" chart position Retrieved January 26, 2016.