Colin Hanton

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Colin Hanton
Colin Hanton
Background information
Born (1938-12-12) 12 December 1938 (age 79)
Instruments Drums
Years active 1956-1959, 1997-present
Associated acts The Quarrymen

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.


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