The Dog Presides

Written by Paul Jones

Album This song officially appears on the And The Sun Will Shine / The Dog Presides 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

The Dog Presides” is a song written and interpreted by English singer Paul Jones (ex-Manfred Mann) in 1968. It features, among others, Paul McCartney on drums and Jeff Beck on guitar. It was released as a single in March 1968. The same line-up also recorded the A-Side, “And The Sun Will Shine“.

Paul McCartney was on drums on that session, It was during the time I used to hang out with Peter Asher and Paul wanted to play drums because he could.

Paul Jones – from the liner notes of The Paul Jones Collection (CD)
From Hot Wired Guitar: The Life Of Jeff Beck, by Martin Power:

Locked into a low-paying contract that forced him to release below-par singles wholly unrepresentative of his undoubted talent or preferred musical direction, and with a band now on the verge of desertion, Beck continued to prop up his income with the odd session. The most notable of these was an inspired contribution to the B-side of ex-Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones’ single ‘And The Sun Will Shine’, cut in the early spring of 1968. Written by the Gibb Brothers – aka the Bee Gees – ‘And The Sun…’ was a fairly innocuous example of late-sixties pop balladry. But its flip side, ‘The Dog Presides’, was much more rewarding to the ear. Cut at Abbey Road’s famous Studio II, ‘The Dog Presides’, featured an all-star cast of musicians and fashionable London faces. Making his debut as a producer was Pete Asher of Peter & Gordon, a singing duo that had already achieved considerable notoriety with four million-selling singles, the best known of which was ‘A World Without Love’. The brother of Jane Asher – then dating Beatle Paul McCartney – Pete had asked McCartney to attend the session at which he ended up playing drums. Also along for the ride was Jeff’s former bandmate and now producer in his own right, Paul Samwell-Smith, who added bass guitar. To give things an extra helping of top-end sheen, Nicky Hopkins brought along his keyboard, leaving Beck to provide some typical fiery runes from the neck of his Gibson Les Paul. The result of all this superstar jamming was a cracking little tune, sung beautifully by Jones, whose panicky harmonica fills were a perfect complement to Jeff’s growling lead lines. For Beck, who reportedly earned a week’s rent from ‘The Dog Presides’, there was only one regret: “Well, all I remember [about it] was hoping Paul McCartney would sing“.

Last updated on September 28, 2021

Officially appears on


And The Sun Will Shine / The Dog Presides

7" Single • Released in 1968

2:45 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums
Nicky Hopkins :
Keyboards
Peter Asher :
Producer
Paul Jones :
Harmonica, Lead vocal
Jeff Beck :
Guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith :
Bass

Session Recording:
Early February 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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