From '' Keely Smith Sings The John Lennon - Paul McCartney Songbook ''
Label: Reprise Records -- R 6142
Format: Vinyl, LP
A1 If I Fell
A2 This Girl
A3 Please Please Me
A4 And I Love Him
A5 World Without Love
A6 She Loves You
B1 A Hard Day's Night
B2 Do You Want To Know A Secret?
B3 Can't Buy Me Love
B4 All My Loving
B5 I Want To Hold Your Hand
B6 P.S. I Love You
Arranged By -- Benny Carter, Ernie Freeman
Art Direction -- Ed Thrasher
Producer -- Jimmy Bowen
"Do You Want to Know a Secret?" is a song by The Beatles from the 1963 album Please Please Me, sung by George Harrison. In the United States, it was the first top ten song to feature Harrison as a lead singer.
"Do You Want to Know a Secret?" was primarily written by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon/McCartney.
The song was inspired by "I'm Wishing", a tune from Walt Disney's 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, would sing to him as a child.
The first two lines of the song in Disney's movie ("Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell?") come right after the opening lyrics ("You'll never know how much I really love you... You'll never know how much I really care...").
McCartney said it was a "50-50 collaboration written to order," i.e., for Harrison to sing.
In 1980, Lennon said that he gave "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" to Harrison to sing because "it only had three notes and he wasn't the best singer in the world," but added "he has improved a lot since then."
Harrison sang two songs on Please Please Me, this song by Lennon and McCartney and "Chains" by Goffin/King.
The Beatles did not record a song composed solely by Harrison until "Don't Bother Me" on With The Beatles.
The song was recorded during a ten-hour session on 11 February 1963 along with nine other songs for Please Please Me.
"Do You Want to Know a Secret?" was released a year later as a single by Vee-Jay in the United States on 23 March 1964, reaching the number two spot behind another Beatles song, "Can't Buy Me Love" in Billboard, reaching number three on the Cash Box chart, but reaching number one for two weeks in the chart published by the Teletheatre Research Institute.
The Billy J. Kramer version
The Beatles' version was never released as a single in the United Kingdom, where a cover version by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (released b/w "I'll Be on My Way", Parlophone R5023, 26 April 1963) reached number two in the Record Retailer chart, and hit number one in the NME chart (used by Radio Luxembourg) and the BBC's Pick of the Pops chart, which were more widely recognised at the time.