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Colin Leo Hanton (born 12 December 1938, Walton Hospital, Walton, Liverpool, Merseyside) is a British musician who was a drummer for The Quarrymen—the band which would later evolve into The Beatles. Biography and career[edit] Hanton was in an early line-up of the band from Summer 1956 along with John Lennon, Eric Griffiths, Pete Shotton and Rod Davis, and stayed with the band through several line-up changes until January 1959 (by which time the band consisted of Lennon, Hanton, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lowe). Hanton was working as an apprentice upholsterer when he was asked to join the nascent band, largely because he had recently purchased a new drum kit. Many of the band's early practice sessions took place in Hanton's parents' house. He left the Quarrymen after an argument with the rest of the band following a disastrous performance at the Speke Bus Depot Social Club. in Wavertree January 1, 1959. In 1997, Hanton joined the revived Quarrymen with other original members Rod Davis, Len Garry, Pete Shotton (who retired from the band before his death in 2017) and Eric Griffiths, who died in 2005. John "Duff" Lowe, a pianist, also plays with the group occasionally. References[edit]

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Original Quarrymen: Colin Hanton

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The Quarrymen

Rod Davis Len Garry Colin Hanton John Duff Lowe Chas Newby

John Lennon Eric Griffiths Pete Shotton Bill Smith Nigel Walley Ivan Vaughan Paul McCartney George Harrison Ken Brown Stuart Sutcliffe

Studio albums

Open for Engagements (1995) Get Back – Together (1997) Songs We Remember (2004)

Songs

"Puttin' on the Style"/"Baby, Let's Play House " "That'll Be the Day"/"In Spite Of All The Danger" "Come Go with Me" "Twenty Flight Rock"

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The Beatles Members

Commons

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Ex-members of the Beatles and the Quarrymen

Full Timeline

Guitarists/Bassists

John Lennon (1956–69) Eric Griffiths (1956–58) Paul McCartney (1957–70) George Harrison (1958–70) Ken Brown (1959–60) Stu Sutcliffe (1960–61) Chas Newby (December 1960)

Pianists

John "Duff" Lowe (1958) Billy Preston (1969)

Drummers

Colin Hanton (1956–59) Tommy Moore (1960) Norman Chapman (1960) Pete Best (1960–62) Ringo Starr (1962–70) Andy White (August 1962) Jimmie Nicol (June 1964)

Tea-chest bassists

Ivan Vaughan (1956) Nigel Walley (1956–57) Len Garry (1957)

Other

Rod Davis (bajoist, 1956-57) Pete Shotton (washboardist, 1956–57)

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