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Thread #51897   Message #1121383
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Feb-04 - 06:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Black and White ('The ink is black...)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The ink is Black
The Great Song Thesaurus attributes "Black and White" to Earl Robinson and David Arkin, 1972 - but Who Wrote That Song? dates it at 1956. ASCAP confirms the songwriters' names as Robinson & Arkin, but does not give a publication date. The pink "Collected Reprints" book from Sing Out! lists Alan Roberts and Earl Robinson as songwriters, copyright 1956 and 1972. So - was it Roberts, or was it Arkin?
Three Dog Night did the "definitive" recording, I suppose - but there are many others, including one by the Harry Simeone chorale.

I didn't know that this was an Earl Robinson song. I have renewed respect for the song.

-Joe Offer-