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Inspired by the skiffle boom a pupil at Quarry Bank School in Liverpool named John Lennon decided to form his own skiffle group in 1957, and laid the foundation for what was to become the most famous rock band of all time. Johns initial name for his group: The Blackjacks only lasted a week; thereafter his school became the inspiration for his bands new name when John dubbed the group The Quarrymen in March 1957. John sang and played guitar and was accompanied by Colin Hanton on drums, Eric Griffiths on guitar, Pete Shotton on washboard, Rod Davis on banjo and Bill Smith on tea-chest bass - the latter was soon replaced by Ivan Vaughan who alternated on this instrument with Nigel Whalley.
The bands main inspiration came from skiffle music as performed by artists such as Lonnie Donegan, and bands such as The Vipers. Numbers in their repertoire included: Freight Train, Maggie May, Midnight Special, Railroad Bill, Come Go With Me and Worried Man Blues. Such a repertoire ...more