Black Pearl (Checkmates, Ltd. song)

1969 single by Checkmates, Ltd. / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Black Pearl" is a song written by Phil Spector, Toni Wine and Irwin Levine, and performed by Sonny Charles and the Checkmates, Ltd. It was inspired by the 1968 Sidney Poitier film For Love of Ivy about Ivy Moore, a maid who after nine years of service leaves to go to secretarial school.[1] The song reached No. 8 on the U.S. R&B chart, No. 13 on the Billboard pop chart, and No. 31 in Australia in 1969.[2] The song was featured on the group's 1969 album, Love Is All We Have to Give.[3]

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"Black Pearl"
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)
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"
"Black Pearl"
"Proud Mary"

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]