Andy White, Drummer Who Filled in for Ringo

“Love Me Do” with Smithereens

I’ve had back-to-back drummer posts, and the two couldn’t be more dissimilar–one the visceral metal drummer, Phil Taylor, and the other, the dutiful session man, Andy White (July 27, 1930-November 9, 2015).

Andy White Talks About The Beatles Recording Session

White is sometimes called “The Fifth Beatle,” having filled in for Pete Best at an early Beatles recording session. Actually, by the time of this session, Ringo had already replaced Best on drums, but the producer (either George Martin or Ron Richards, depending on whose story you believe) wasn’t yet certain of Ringo’s abilities and so called in the reliable White on the Fab Four’s debut single, “Love Me Do,” and its B-side “P.S. I Love You.” The Smithereens invited White to reprise his performance on their album B-Sides the Beatles.

Scottish Drumming with Andy White

White, a Scotsman, was a busy session drummer, performing with fellow Brits Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart and Anthony Newley. According to his Wikipedia post, he also played in a backup band for Marlene Dietrich’s cabaret show under the direction of Burt Bacharach.