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‘Fifth Beatle’ Andy White Dies at 85

Drummer Andy White, best known as a ‘Fifth Beatle’, has died at the age of 85, the Daily Express reports.

White, who played drums on the Beatles‘ “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” singles, was hired by producer George Martin after Martin was unimpressed with Ringo Starr’s performance in the studio. According to White, he was paid £5 for the session and never received any royalties in the years that followed.

Andy White was born in Glasgow, Scotland on July 27, 1930. Throughout his career he performed with a number of successful artists including Rod Stewart, Chuck Berry, and Herman’s Hermits.  He also performed on the recording of Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”.

White died of a massive stroke on Monday, November 9th.

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