It wasn’t Pete Best who filled in for Ringo for the recording of “Love Me Do”, it was actually a Scottish drummer by the name of Andy White who, in the early 60’s, was essentially a session musician that producer George Martin had used in the past. This time it was for the recording of “Love Me Do” the Beatles first North American single. The Beatles had already recorded “Love Me Do” twice already once with former drummer Pete Best and then again with new drummer Ringo Starr but Martin was dissatisfied with both performances and called upon his assistant at the time Ron Richards to call up Andy White to get a third take (with Ringo delegated to tambourine) which was used for the North American version of the song. Ringo’s version appears on the Beatles “Rarities” album. According to Wikipedia, “An easy way to distinguish between the two versions is that White’s version features Starr on tambourine; Starr’s version does not include a tambourine. The Pete Best version of the song, initially thought to be lost, was released for the first time on Anthology 1 (1995). “P.S. I Love You”, with White drumming, was released on the “B” side of the “Love Me Do” single, and on the Please Please Me album.
Nate D Sanders Auctions based in Los Angeles California have put Andy’s drum kit which was a Ludwig drum kit on the auction block where the bidding will begin at $75,000.00 (US) for the legendary 4-piece that arguably launched Beatlemania.
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