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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 in Wavertree in early 1959.
In 1997, Hanton joined the revived Quarrymen with other original members Rod Davis, Len Garry, Pete Shotton who has since retired and Eric Griffiths, who died in 2005. John "Duff" Lowe, a pianist, also plays with the group occasionally.
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