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Andy White (1930 - 2015)

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Andy White (1930 - 2015)

Drummer Andrew "Andy" White, who was known best as the replacement drummer for the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do," has died, according to the BBC. White, who died Monday, was 85.

According to relatives, he died after having a stroke.

White, who was born July 27, 1930, in Glasgow, Scotland, was the featured drummer on the Beatles' U.S. single release of the song, which appeared on the band's British debut album, 1963's "Please Please Me." He also played on the single's B-side, "P.S. I Love You."


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White went on to play with many other prominent musicians including Chuck Berry, the British rocker Billy Fury and the Welsh singer Tom Jones. He played on Fury's first album, "The Sound of Fury," which is generally considered Britain's first rock 'n' roll album. He drummed on Jones' hit song "It's Not Unusual."

White, who also played with the British band Herman's Hermits, was dubbed "one of the busier drummers in England from the late '50s through the mid-'70s," according to AllMusic.

In the late 1980s, White moved to the United States, living in Caldwell, New Jersey, and became a drumming instructor. He also married Thea Ruth, a librarian known for providing the voice of Muriel on the Cartoon Network show "Courage the Cowardly Dog."

In 2008, White played drums when New Jersey-based rock band the Smithereens recorded a cover version of "P.S. I Love You."

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