When Stanley Clarke met Paul McCartney: “Paul asked me to show him how to slap!”

Stanley Clarke performs onstage at the 36th Anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival
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Bass guitar heroes don’t get much bigger than Paul McCartney. Through his time with The Beatles, and his subsequent solo career, he's been pushing the boundaries of the instrument since the early 1960s, and was lauded as the third best bass player of all time in our poll.

After the Beatles split in 1970, McCartney went on to enjoy a hugely successful career with Wings, while also collaborating with the likes of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder on his early-‘80s solo albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace. Yet for all his achievements to date, there was one bass player who he feared might still leave him starstruck.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.