The Paul McCartney Project

"My Dark Hour" session

May 09, 1969 • For Steve Miller

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Brave New World Official album.
Timeline See what happened in 1969
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

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Songs recorded


1.

My Dark Hour

Written by Steve Miller

Recording

Staff

Musicians

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Drums, Guitar

Production staff

Steve Miller:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Producer

About

Paul McCartney gave some context about his participation during an interview for the Beatles Anthology documentary:

“There was a big argument and they all went, leaving me at the studio. Steve Miller happened to be around: ‘Hi, how you doing? Is the studio free?’ I said: ‘Well, it looks like it is now, mate.’ He said: ‘Mind if I use it?’ So I ended up drumming on a track of his that night. It was called My Dark Hour – a good track actually. He and I made it alone. I had to do something, thrash something, to get it out of my system.”

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

Steve Miller happened to be there recording, late at night, and he just breezed in. ‘Hey, what’s happening, man? Can I use the studio?’ ‘Yeah!’ I said. ‘Can I drum for you? I just had a fucking unholy argument with the guys there.’ I explained it to him, took ten minutes to get it off my chest. So I did a track, he and I stayed that night and did a track of his called My Dark Hour. I thrashed everything out on the drums. There’s a surfeit of aggressive drum fills, that’s all I can say about that. We stayed up until late. I played bass, guitar and drums and sang backing vocals. It’s actually a pretty good track.

It was a very strange time in my life and I swear I got my first grey hairs that month. I saw them appearing. I looked in the mirror, I thought, I can see you. You’re all coming now. Welcome.

From Beatles Bible:

McCartney recorded drums, bass guitar, backing vocals and guitar to the track. Miller sang and performed all the other instruments. My Dark Hour appeared on Miller’s 1969 album Brave New World, and was released as a single in the US on 16 June, though it failed to chart.

McCartney 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.


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