Andrew “Andy” White was born on July 27, 1930, and died on November 9, 2015.
He was a Scottish drummer, best known for replacing Ringo Starr on drums on The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do”.
Andrew 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”.
Andrew played with many other prominent musicians and groups, including Chuck Berry, Billy Fury, Herman’s Hermits and Tom Jones.
AllMusic called White “one of the busier drummers in England from the late ’50s through the mid-’70s”.
White was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 27 July 1930, the son of a baker.
At the age of 12, he started playing drums in a pipe band, and became a professional session musician at the age of 17.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Andrew played drums with a number of swing and traditional jazz groups and musicians.
In 1958 he formed a big band jazz outfit and took it to the American Northeast, where he backed “rockers” like Chuck Berry, The Platters and Bill Haley & His Comets.
Andrew said, “We used some big band arrangements and put a back beat to it to fit in with the rock ‘n’ roll thing.
I got the chance to hear rock ‘n’ roll in the flesh.
That was where I got a good idea about what it was supposed to happen, drumwise.”
In 1960 in London Andrew recorded with Billy Fury on Fury’s first album, The Sound of Fury, which is generally regarded as Britain’s first rock and roll album.
In the early 1960s Andrew 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.
Andrew passed away at age 85 in November.