Beatles / Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Had you told me that the bassist on the A- side of the new Beatles single “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (waxed 11 February 1963 and issued on Vee Jay 45-rpm in March ’64) was a seasoned jazz cat on upright, I’d have believed you! The then twenty-year-old James Paul McCartney, to my ears, renders one of his greatest passages as he weaves John’s chord changes together with swingin' staccato phrases that glide on top of the beat. In the span of 1:57, it's remarkable to hear how accomplished Sir Paul the bassist was at such a young age.