John Lowe
(1942-present)

Aged 77

John Duff Lowe is a pianist from the middle-late 1950s, who was invited to play piano with The Quarrymen by Paul McCartney in 1958. Known to his friends as "Duff", Lowe was in The Quarrymen for two years, and was there when the band recorded a couple of songs for a vanity disc at Percy Phillips' home studio in Liverpool. The two tracks cut that day were "That'll Be the Day" and "In Spite of All the Danger". Lowe maintained possession of the tracks and, in 1981, sold the recordings to Paul McCartney. Their estimated value was around £12,000. McCartney had the record remastered and the songs appear on The Beatles' Anthology 1 album. In 1994, John Lowe played again with The Quarrymen for the album Open For Engagements. Of the 1994 lineup, only Rod Davis (guitar) and Lowe (piano) played for The Quarrymen in the 1950s. John Lowe, Rod Davis, Len Garry and Colin Hanton now perform as John Lennon's Original Quarrymen at Beatles events around the world. On 22 December 2014 John appeared on popular BBC 1 show Would I Lie To You?, in which Ricky Tomlinson revealed that Lowe had left the Quarrymen to join the young Tomlinson's band.

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band member of The Quarrymen

Commemorated on 1 plaque

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This plaque commemorates the recording here of The Quarrymen's first disc. Percy Phillips recording studio was located here 1955-1969. The Quarrymen. John, Paul and George plus John Lowe (piano) and Colin Hanton (drums) paid Mr Phillips 17 /6 to record their first disc here on 17th July 1959. The two numbers were "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and "In Spite Of All The Danger" by Paul McCartney & George Harrison. In 1960 they became The Beatles.

38 Kensington Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they first recorded (1959)