Andy White, the Scottish studio session musician who played the drums on other early tracks and Love Me Do has perished in New Jersey.
According to his family, the 85-year old died on Monday following a stroke.
White was picked ahead of Ringo Starr in September 1962 to play drums on the only version of Love Me Do and its B side, P.S. I Love You.
White, who was born in Glasgow in 1930, is also believed to have played on the album version
White could thus legitimately assert to be one of the so called “Fifth Beatles”, alongside the likes of Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe among others.