Drummer Andy White has passed away of a stroke on Monday at the age of 85.
White’s claim to fame was to have played drums on The Beatles’ first single “Love Me Do” as well as its B-side “P.S. I Love You”. Ringo Starr played tambourine and maracas on these songs, respectively. White was only paid £5 for his work, but he can legitimately called one of The Fifth Beatles.
White also worked as a session drummer with the likes of Lulu, Tom Jones and Herman’s Hermits and also toured with Marlene Dietrich. When The Smithereens recorded their Beatles tribute album in 2007, they recruited White to play drums on “P.S. I Love You”.
Andy White might not have been a star (or for that matter a Starr), but he knew how to keep a beat.
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