Wild Sound Studios Shouts Out Happy Birthday Wishes To Steve Miller

October 5, 2017

Steven Haworth "Steve" Miller

was born on October 5th in 1943

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist

Known as leader of the Steve Miller Band

 

The Steve Miller Band

performed Rock'n Me and The Joker

after their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

on April 8, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC

 

Steve Miller has been around the block more than a few times I happened to hear this story today

on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel

coinciding with Steve's birthday...

On May 9th of 1969

The Beatles' earlier mixing session 

at Olympic Sound Studios in London

had ended in acrimony when John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr had attempted to persuade Paul McCartney to sign a contract to officially appoint Klein as Apple's financial manager.

The other three Beatles had signed the contract on the previous day, but McCartney wanted to hold out. All four Beatles and Klein were present in the studio, but the session ended when all but McCartney walked out.

"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

Glyn Johns had been producing the album Brave New World

for The Steve Miller Band.

On this occasion Miller turned up at the studio alone, and McCartney found him a sympathetic listener. The pair jammed, with Glyn Johns in the control room, and a song eventually emerged.

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.

 

Paul McCartney

recorded drums, bass guitar, backing vocals

 

Steve 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 June 16th.

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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