Pre-Beatles Group The Quarry Men Reunite At Abbey Road Studios

The fabled Liverpool outfit have been recording footage for a new documentary titled ‘Pre Fab!’

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Pre-Beatles Quarry Men Record Abbey Road Studios
Photo: Daniel Stilling

Yesterday, US-based motion picture production company Stars North gathered the original surviving members of The Quarry Men band to record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. The members involved included Colin Hanton, Chas Newby, Len Garry and Rod Davis and the footage is to be included in PRE FAB!, their new documentary.

PRE FAB! tells the story of Liverpool-born drummer, Colin Hanton, who was an original member of John Lennon’s skiffle group, The Quarry Men, which eventually evolved into The Beatles. The film is currently in production and filming is taking place in Liverpool, London, Los Angeles and New York.

As a fellow band member of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Colin Hanton had an insider’s view of the evolution of The Beatles. He was present on that fateful day when Lennon met McCartney, and was also there when Harrison plugged in and made his on-stage debut with Lennon and McCartney in early 1958. He was also alongside Lennon when he made his debut at the infamous Cavern Club in Liverpool. Additionally, Hanton played with Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison on their first professional recording—their version of Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be The Day.’

“Viewers of the new film will be given the opportunity to experience the beginnings of one of the biggest bands in the world and to understand how Merseybeat developed,” said Mark Bentley, Producer of PRE FAB! According to Bentley. “When Colin left The Quarry Men, he left behind the nucleus of what would later become The Beatles. Without The Quarry Men there would be no Beatles, a band that brought recognition to Abbey Road Studios. We thought it important historically to have the foundation of The Quarry Men record at the same iconic location.”

Newby, Davis and Garry were members of The Quarry Men at various stages through 1956 to 1959. Hanton however was with the group from 1956 through 1959. Over a period of two years, Hanton related his experiences to author Colin Hall, the acclaimed author and custodian of Lennon’s former home in Woolton, Liverpool. In his book, also titled PRE-FAB!, Hall meticulously weaves Hanton’s memories together with memories of other members of the band to provide a vivid, detailed insight into Hanton’s musical career with the future superstars and the era’s evolving music scene in Liverpool.

PRE FAB! will take its viewers through a timeline that shows how the band changed from being a group of young boys just playing music for fun to something that influenced and changed the music industry forever. Hanton witnessed Lennon and McCartney share a grand musical vision for the future as their relationship grew and they began writing original songs. For three years, he was part of the beginnings of something that was going to be phenomenally huge. PRE FAB! invites viewers to partake of his journey.

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  1. Jim Gore

    July 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

    When will this be shown please?

  2. Alan Kenny

    July 10, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Chas Newby actually played bass for The Beatles when they returned home from Hamburg the first time. He stood in for four gigs to replace Stuart Sutcliffe who had stayed in Germany

    • Jim Cushman

      July 13, 2019 at 1:52 am

      Yup!!! Chas Newby played bass with The Beatles in Liverpool in December 1960.

  3. John B Fonfrias

    July 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    So looking forward to watching this. When The Quarrymen came to Beatlefest NY/NJ in 2007, I had the honor & privilege to be asked to join them on stage as their guest bass player. An unbelievable experience exceeded by joining them 5 months later for Chicago-fest, then a 2-week tour the following year in 2008. Needless to say, they are my lifelong friends & forever bandmates of my soul. Long live The Quarrymen – with love,affection & treasured memories….JB

  4. Art Carty

    July 13, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I just love that they are doing this

  5. John Duff Lowe (Quarrymen 1958)

    July 15, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Chas Newby was never in the pre-Beatles Quarrymen(1957-59). However, his undoubted claim to fame is that he played bass in The Beatles lineup for 2 weeks, including the famous Litherland Town Hall gig.

  6. Flossie

    August 2, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I was at Abbey Road the day this was being filmed. I didn’t know at the time who these men were, but I took a photo to investigate later. Also have the video captured by Earthcam of this part of the day. As a massive Beatles fan, I was absolutely thrilled to have witnessed this.

    • Mark

      November 17, 2019 at 1:20 am

      Flossie. Hi I’m the producer Mark Bentley. May I see the Earthcam? Thanks

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