The Scottish studio session musician was chosen to play drums on the single version of Love Me Do and its B-side, P.S. I Love You, over Ringo Starr in September 1962.
Andy White, a session musician who played drums on the first Beatles hit but spent his life on the edges of fame, has died, colleagues said Wednesday. He was 85 and died Monday (November 9) following a stroke a few days earlier.
Regardless, White's brief stint with the Fab Four cemented his legacy as one of the "Fifth Beatles", a club that includes Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol.
"I would get a call from EMI and you never knew what you were going to be asked to do", he told The Progress.
According to the BBC, White also insisted that he appear on the Beatles' "Please Please Me", although Starr is credited as a drummer on the track.
Glasgow-born White was paid the princely sum of £5 for his three hours of recording time and he received no royalties in the years afterwards.