|Signed promo photo.|
White also played on the Tom Jones hit "It’s Not Unusual," and worked with a broad range of other artists, including Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart, Herman’s Hermits, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bacharach and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra. In 2008, he made a guest appearance on the Smithereens album, B-Sides the Beatles, and he worked as a consultant on the 2012 movie "Not Fade Away," which is about a fictional ’60s rock band.
Andy White was a well established studio drummer in 1962, and he was called in for the second "Love Me Do" session with Ringo Starr. George Martin was concerned with the quality of Ringo Starr's drumming on the original "Love Me Do" on September 4, and so arranged for an experienced session drummer, Andy White, to play on the September 11 session. Andy already knew about the Beatles, because he had married one of Liverpool's "Vernon Girls", and she had told him about them. White was paid a standard fee of £5 15s (£5.75). While White drummed, Ringo played tambourine, effectively making White one of the candidates to the "fifth Beatle" title. On the B-side, Ringo plays maracas while White handles the drums on "P.S. I Love You".
|Andy White in later days.|
"Everything else at the time was a copy of music from the States, which was very successful, but they were doing something new and you could tell it was something different and very special. But I didn’t know just how special it would become."
|White's first wife was one of Liverpool's "Vernon Girls", through her he already knew about The Beatles.|
A version with Starr on drums did come out as a single in the U.K. and several other countries including Canada and Norway, but the White version was used on the Beatles U.K. debut album, "Please Please Me", and as the U.S. single.
Andy White apparently came up with the snappy signature drum fills in "Please Please Me" as recorded on Sept. 11, 1962, and Ringo apparently followed the template that White set down when the Beatles re-recorded the tune on Nov. 26th. White's version of "Please Please Me" is on "Anthology 1".
Andy White moved to Caldwell after meeting his second wife Thea, who was a New Jersey resident, in 1983. He played in Scottish pipes and drums bands and also worked as a drumming instructor.
|Andy White with the 12" single from 1982 with both his and the Ringo version of "Love Me Do".|
|The correct catalogue number is R4949.|