Sixties Music Secrets

Do you want to know a secret: “Love Me Don’t”

Written on December 16, 2016   By   in Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Didja know that Ringo is not playing drums on The Beatlesimage classic debut single “Love Me Do” Nope, and it isn’t Pete Best ( the bands original drummer ) either. It is actually a Scottish session player named Andrew White (the handsome dude pictured above “rockin’ his skins”)This is all George Martins doing. The Beatles actually recorded “Love Me Do” three times. Initially with Pete Best, Gearge Martin didn’t like what Pete was doing, so they tried one with Ringo….Nope, so then George Martin insisted they bring in session player Andy White, with Ringo being relegated to tambourine. A very bad day for Ringo Starr! Today, there are two different versions of “Love Me Do” available, one featuring Ringo on drums, one with Andy White on drums. You can identify who’s playing drums quite simply. If you hear a tambourine playing in the background then your listening to Andrew White on drums! (Ringo on tambourine…Yikes!)
Meanwhile, here’s Ringo, Doin’ the job…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrkrOHn46qk

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4 comments on “Do you want to know a secret: “Love Me Don’t”

  1. Julie says:

    I did not know that…interesting information. Why does Andy White look so familiar??

    1. Rick says:

      Hey Julie, we get what you’re saying about Andy White looking familiar. We’re not sure why. I, for one, had never seen that photo before…You?
      Lastly, we lost Andy in 2015…
      Thanx Jules

  2. Rick (aka: Mr. IS ) says:

    That’s a blow mind about Ringo.At that time he must have been really bummed out. I know a lot about the Beatles ,but not this one. Wow. Learn something new every day I guess. Good stuff Mr. Shoe.

    1. Rick says:

      Hey Mr. Is, You’re right. Can you imagine the “Vibes ” in that studio as Ringo stood in a corner, hitting a tambourine, and watching a total stranger sit down at his kit and play with his band in this historical moment
      “All you need is love”….Not!

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