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Andy White

Andy White, born Andrew White on July 27, 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland, is a Scottish drummer, best known for replacing Ringo Starr on the drums for The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do". White was featured on the American 7" single release of the song, which also appeared on the band's debut British album, Please Please Me. He also played on the "Love Me Do" single B-side, "P.S. I Love You".

As one of the busiest English session drummers from the late '50s to the mid-70s, Andy White recorded and performed with many prominent musicians and groups including Chuck Berry, Billy Fury, Herman's Hermits, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Anthony Newley, Bert Weedon and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra in Glasgow.

White first started playing the drums in a pipe band at age 12, and just five years later, at the age of 17, became a professional session musician. In the 1950s and early 1960s, White played drums with a number of swing and traditional jazz groups and musicians.

In 1958, White formed a jazz big band and moved to northeast United States. There he backed a number rock acts including Chuck Berry, The Platters and Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1960, now back in London, White recorded with Billy Fury (f/k/a Ronald Wyncherly) on his first album, The Sound of Fury, which is widely accepted as Britain's first rock & roll album.

In the early 1960s White lived in Thames Ditton and was married to the British Decca artist Lyn Cornell, who later became a member of The Vernons Girls, The Pearls, and also The Carefrees, who had the biggest selling Beatles novelty single ever with "We Love You Beatles," peaking in the U.S. at No. 19 and staying on the Billboard charts for five weeks.

White went on to play on hit records by Herman's Hermits, and on Tom Jones's hit song "It's Not Unusual". He also worked with many other musicians and groups, including Rod Stewart, Anthony Newley, Bert Weedon and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra in Glasgow. In the mid-1960s White toured the United States with German film star Marlene Dietrich and performed in her "famous" cabaret shows, under the musical direction of the then-unknown composer, Burt Bacharach, and, from 1965 until she retired in 1975, the British pianist and composer, William Blezard.

Andy White (Michael Brennan/Getty Images)Andy White in 1992
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White played drums on "P.S. I Love You" again in 2008, this time on a version by a New Jersey-based rock band, The Smithereens. In 2007 the band had recorded Meet The Smithereens!, a tribute to The Beatles, covering their entire Meet The Beatles! album. After Beatles expert Tom Frangione introduced White to the band, they asked White to record with them on their next Beatles tribute album at their House of Vibes recording studio in Highland Park. White's drumming on "P.S. I Love You" was released late in 2008 on B-Sides The Beatles, an album of Beatles B-side covers from 1962 to 1965. White also played drums with The Smithereens in May 2008 at a We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends charity health-care fundraiser at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.

In the late 1980s White moved to United States and currently lives in Caldwell, New Jersey, where he teaches Scottish pipe band drumming. He is also a judge for the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA), and drum instructor for the New York City Department of Corrections Emerald Pipe Band.

Andy White died of a stroke at his home in Caldwell, NJ on Monday, November 9, 2015; he was 85.

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