Andy White was a studio drummer with a thriving career in London in the 1960s.
Andrew McLuckie White was born in Glasgow on July 27, 1930, and began studying the drums at 12. His first big job after he moved to London was with the Vic Lewis Band, a popular touring ensemble, with which he made his first visit to the United States, in the late 1950s.
As a studio drummer, Mr. White was renowned for his stylistic flexibility. An adept jazz player, he became a favorite of producers who recorded pop music as well, even though he was more than 10 years older than many of the rock musicians he worked with.
His performances were generally uncredited, and he did little to call attention to them. He provided the beat behind Billy Fury's highly regarded 1960 album, 'The Sound of Fury', as well as Lulu's raucous 1964 cover of the Isley Brothers' Shout, the 1965 Tom Jones hit It's Not Unusual and Herman’s Hermits' I'm Henry VIII, I Am, also released in 1965. His best-known work is probably on the Beatles' first single, Love Me Do.
Andy White also toured with Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bacharach and Rod Stewart.
His final job, his wife said, was as a drum coach for John Magaro, who played a drummer in “Not Fade Away,” David Chase’s 2012 film about a young rock musician in the 1960s.
His last recording session was a cover version of P.S. I Love You. When the Smithereens recorded the song for their 2008 tribute album, 'B-Sides the Beatles', the group's drummer, Dennis Diken, had the idea of inviting Andy White to reprise his performance. For the sake of historical verisimilitude, Andy White played drums and the voluntarily displaced Mr. Diken played maracas.
Andy White died on Monday, November 9, 2015 at his home in Caldwell, New Jersey.