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Sunday, September 17, 2023

When we were fab

So the answer to my Beatles trivia question is none of the above

Andy White played drums on the original release of Love me do, to Ringo's consternation. White was a noted session drummer in the area. He claims that he was also the drummer for the single Please, Please Me.

Love me do was included on the band's Please Please Me album and on the 1964 Tollie single in the US. It was also included on the American LPs Introducing... The Beatles and The Early Beatles.

Ringo played tambourine on the track. There was a version released on Anthology in 1995 with Pete Best drumming but George Martin didn't like his extra drum fills.

Ringo did drum on a version but it never made it on an album until Past Masters.

Ringo from Wiki:

On my first visit in September we just ran through some tracks for George Martin. We even did "Please Please Me". I remember that, because while we were recording it I was playing the bass drum with a maraca in one hand and a tambourine in the other. I think it's because of that that George Martin used Andy White, the "professional", when we went down a week later to record "Love Me Do". The guy was previously booked, anyway, because of Pete Best. George didn't want to take any more chances and I was caught in the middle. I was devastated that George Martin had his doubts about me. I came down ready to roll and heard, "We've got a professional drummer." He has apologized several times since, has old George, but it was devastating—I hated the bugger for years; I still don't let him off the hook.

The other three songs all featured Paul behind the drum kit, during the brief time during the White album when Ringo walked out on his mates. Paul also played drums on the ballad of John and Yoko.


My favorite Beatles trivia is "What is the Beatle Ringo Starr's real last name? If you answer Starkey you are wrong. It is Parkin.

From Ringo:

"My real name is Parkin, not Starkey. My grandad was named Johnny Parkin. When my grandfather's mother remarried, which was pretty shocking in those days, she married a Starkey, so my grandfather changed his name to Starkey, too. (I went to have my family tree done in the Sixties, but I could only trace back two generations - and they couldn't find me! I had to go to my family to find out, and even they hadn't wanted to say anything in case the press found out.) "


Learned something new the other day about Rocky Raccoon. Written by Paul, it was inspired by the poet and writer Robert Service, who wrote the poem, "The shooting of Dan McGrew." It was originally titled Rocky Sassoon, which happens to be a prominent sephardic last name. Paul thought Raccoon sounded more "cowboyish." George Martin plays Honky-tonk piano on the track. It was the last song to feature Lennon's excellent harmonica playing.

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