Around 1958 Colin Hanton drummed with John Lennon, Paul McCartny and George Harrison in a band called "The Quarry Men". In January of 1959, Colin Hanton left the group after a performance at either the Picton Lane Busman's Social Club in Wavertree (Norman) or the Prescot Cables Club in Prescot (Lewisohn).
A manager for a local cinema had been in attendance watching the group and the possibility existed that the manager may have provided the group with interval engagements but the night had turned into a drunken brawl, destroying any chance the group had of making a good impression on the manager.
On the way home, Hanton got off the bus along with his drums and was never seen or heard from again by the Quarry Men.
Soon after John, Paul and George continued as "Johnny and The Moondogs", eventually becoming The Beatles although there were still several personnel changes that they were to go through before finally becoming the Fab Four.