The Quarrymen Beginning Of A Legend
The Quarrymen Beginning Of A Legend, is where John Lennon, Paul McCarney, George Harrison, and Pete Best started out, so let’s read, how it began.
The Quarrymen performing in Rosebery Street, Liverpool on June 22,1957. ( Left to right: Hanton, Griffiths, John Lennon, Garry, Shotton, and also Davis).
Also Known As
The Blackjacks, Johnny and The Moondogs, Japage 3
Liverpool, England, UK
Rock and Roll
1956 — 1960, 1994— 1995, 1997— Present.
Griffin, Quarrymen Records, Sony BMG.
The Les Stewart Quartet, the Beatles.
John Duff Lowe.
Lennon started a skiffle band that was briefly called the Blackjacks, however changed the name prior to any kind of public performances. Some accounts credit Lennon withpicking the new name; other accounts credit his close friend Pete Shotton with suggesting the name. The Quarrymen played at parties, school dances, movie theaters and amateur skiffle contests prior to Paul McCartney joined in October 1957. George Harrison joined in early 1958 at McCartney‘s suggestion, though Lennon at first resisteddue to the fact that he felt Harrison (14 when he was introduced to Lennon) was too young. Both McCartney as well as Harrison attended theLiverpool Institute.
The band made an amateur recording in 1958, performing Buddy Holly‘s “That‘ll Be the Day“ and also “In Spite of All the Danger“, a song written by McCartney and Harrison. The band moved in the direction of rock and roll, causing several of the original members to leave. This left Lennon, McCartney, as well as Harrison, that performed under several various other names, including Johnny and the Moondogs and also Japage 3 before going back to the Quarrymen name in 1959. In 1960, the band changed their name to the Beatles (at first booked as the “Silver Beetles“ by the local clubs that saw it as a more sellable name than “Beatles“) and went on to have a historically successful musical career.
In 1997 the four surviving original members of the Quarrymen reunited to perform at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the garden fete performance at which Lennon as well as McCartney met for the very first time. Since 1998, they have actually performed in several countries throughout the world, releasing four albums. Three original members still perform as the Quarrymen.
Colin Hanton — drums (1956— 58, 1997—present).
Rod Davis — banjo (1957); guitar, vocals (1994— 95, 1997— present).
Len Garry — tea-chest bass (1957— 58); vocals, guitar (1997— present).
John Duff Lowe — piano (1958); keyboards (1994— 95; since 2005, has been a regular guest, although not a constant member), vocals (1994— 95).
Chas Newby — bass guitar (2016— present; Newby also played bass with the Beatles briefly from 1960— 61)
John Lennon — vocals, guitar (1956— 60; died 1980).
Eric Griffiths — guitar (1956— 58, 1997— 2005; died 2005).
Pete Shotton — washboard (1956— 57, 1997— 2000; died 2017).
Bill Smith — tea-chest bass (1956).
Nigel Walley — tea-chest bass (1956; Subsequently, came to be “manager“ 1956— 58).
Ivan Vaughan — tea-chest bass (1956— 57; died 1993).
Paul McCartney — vocals, guitar (1957— 60).
George Harrison — guitar, vocals (1958— 60; died 2001).
Ken Brown — guitar (1959— 60; died 2010).
Stuart Sutcliffe — bass guitar (1960; died| 1962).
Open for Engagements (1995).
Get Back— Together (1997).
Songs We Remember (2004).
Grey Album (2012).
“ That‘ll Be the Day“ and also “In Spite of All the Danger“ (both recorded in 1958) are available on the Beatles album Anthology 1 (1995).
A number of home rehearsals including Lennon, McCartney, and Sutcliffe were recorded in early 1960. Three of these were released on Anthology 1, while others have appeared on numerous bootlegs.
A 2000 recording of “Come Go With Me“ was included in the film Two of Us.