Andy White

Andy White outside the Montclair Public Library, New Jersey in Oct. 1992.

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Andy White, a top session drummer in England during the 1960s who played on songs by Tom Jones and Herman's Hermits among others and stepped in for newcomer Ringo Starr as the Beatles recorded their debut single "Love Me Do," has died.

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White, who was 85, died Monday at his home in Caldwell, New Jersey. He died several days after suffering a stroke, his wife, Thea, told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Nov. 11).

The Scottish-born White was recruited in September 1962 to help out on "Love Me Do," which became the Beatles' first hit. Two versions of the song were released -- one with White on drums and Starr on tambourine, and one with Starr on drums. The recording with White appeared on the Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me.