— Beatles Archive (@BeatlesArc) November 11, 2015
Andy White, one of the original musicians who performed with The Beatles, has died aged 85. His family confirmed that he died on Monday (9 November) following a stroke.
The Scottish studio session musician was chosen to play drums on the single version of Love Me Do and its B-side, P.S. I Love You, over Ringo Starr in September 1962. White, who was born in Glasgow in 1930, is also believed to have played on the album version of Please Please Me. He only recorded with The Beatles once and received a one-off fee of £5, never claiming royalties for the song.
However, he did perform with other sixties stars including Lulu, playing drums on the 1964 cover of Shout and Sir Tom Jones' 1965 single It's Not Unusual. He toured with Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bacharach and Rod Stewart and performed with the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra.
In a 2009 interview with a New Jersey newspaper, White revealed he was often called to the famed London's Abbey Road studios in the 1960s for recording sessions. "I would get a call from EMI and you never knew what you were going to be asked to do," he told The Progress.
White emigrated to the US, where he married the voiceover actress Thea Ruth and became a drumming instructor. Another one of the bands he worked with, the less well-known The New York Metro Pipe Band, described him on Facebook as an "all round gentleman". He was also taught musician turned actor Steven van Zandt how to play drums for his role as Silvio Dante in TV hit The Sopranos.Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, White's family paid tribute to his "amazing humility and humbleness about his many achievements".
— The Beatles Story (@beatlesstory) November 11, 2015