Andy White in 1992 (Michael Brennan/Getty Images)Andy White, the veteran session drummer who played on some of The Beatles‘ early singles, died Monday in New Jersey after suffering a stroke, his family confirmed to BBC News. He was 85.

The Scottish-born White was brought in to play drums on versions of the Beatles tunes “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” that were recorded during a September 1962 session at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Meanwhile, Ringo Starr, who recently had replaced Pete Best in the group, played tambourine and maracas, respectively, on the tracks. The version of “Love Me Do” featuring White wound up on the Fab Four’s debut U.K. album, 1963’s Please Please Me, and also was released as a single in the U.S. in 1964.

White also claimed in a 2012 BBC interview that he played on the single version of Please Please Me‘s title track. He later lent his talents to the Tom Jones hit “It’s Not Unusual” and Lulu‘s version of “Shout,” as well as to recordings by Herman’s Hermits, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark. White also toured with Rod Stewart, Marlene Dietrich and others.

Later in his life, Andy moved to the U.S., where he married voiceover actress Thea Ruth and settled in Caldwell, New Jersey. Several years ago, he was hired to teach Steven Van Zandt how to play drums for the E Street Band guitarist’s role as Silvio Dante in the hit HBO series The Sopranos.

Speaking with BBC News, White’s family praised the late musician for his “amazing humility and humbleness about his many achievements.”

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