Session drummer Andy White, rather than Ringo Starr, plays drums on the most widely heard version of this song. He also played on the final version of "Love Me Do" and on an unused version of "Please Please Me."
When the Please Please Me
sessions started, Pete Best was supposed to be the drummer. Producer George Martin didn't appreciate his style so he got rid of him and brought in Starr. Martin was also dissatisfied with Starr's playing on "Love Me Do."
So, Scotsman Hunter Davies was brought in as the third option. He drummed for "Love Me Do
," then stayed and did "P.S. I Love You" during the same session.
The band released the version with Starr's drumming as the initial UK single, but White's version was used on the American pressings and soon became the standard. Starr's version is on Rarities
and Past Masters
White never received any royalties for the song and earned only £5 pounds (about $8)for his playing. Ringo did appear on the track: he played maracas.