Bruce Hornsby (b. 1954) has apparently had a prolific music career, but only one big hit—but it was a great one. He’s dear to my heart because he was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I went to college, and performed in town until the late 70s (I never heard him live).
His big hit, from 1985, was “The Way it Is” performed with his group The Range. It’s a driving song about residual racism in America (it refers to the 1964 Civil Rights Act), and contains one of the best piano solos in modern rock. The song was a #1 hit, but he’s never come anywhere close to that since on the popular charts (“Mandolin Rain” was a minor hit).
Along with “Blowing in the Wind” and “A Change is Gonna Come,” “The Way it Is” form a great trio of modern popular music in America protesting racism. (“Blackbird,” by Lennon and McCartney, was from the UK).
This is almost certainly lip-synched to the released verson, but the only live performance I could find was dire: