My Dark Hour / Song For Our Ancestors

UK release date:
Jul 18, 1969
US release date:
Jul 16, 1969
Capitol Records
CL 15604 (UK) / 2520 (US)

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Side 1


My Dark Hour

Written by Steve Miller

3:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Drums, Guitar
Steve Miller :
Guitar, Lead vocals, Producer
Glyn Johns :
Producer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
May 09, 1969
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Side 2


Song For Our Ancestors

5:00 • Studio version


My Dark Hour” is a song by Steve Miller Band, recorded and released in 1969 with the contribution of Paul McCartney. It was recorded in a late-night session on May 9, 1969, after an acrimonious argument between Paul, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr over signing a contract appointing Allen Klein as The Beatles’ financial manager. John, George, and Ringo walked out, while Paul remained at Olympic Studios and encountered Steve Miller.

Paul didn’t receive a composer credit, but his performance was attributed to Paul Ramon, the pseudonym he had used in 1960 while on a tour of Scotland with The Silver Beetles.

Paul McCartney is featured on vocal and drums, with bass and piano added, on a Capitol single called “My Dark Hour” released today (Friday). He joins Steve Miller in the specially formed “Steve Miller Band”. The disc was recorded at a Beatles session at London’s Olympic studios on Whit Monday, when McCartney and Miller were waiting for the other Beatles to arrive.

From New Musical Express – July 26, 1969
From New Musical Express – July 26, 1969
From New Musical Express – February 26, 1972

Last updated on July 5, 2023

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