‘It was break or bust’: Abbey Road, throat lozenges, and the frenetic making of the first Beatles album 60 years on

The Beatles, featuring Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison (PA)

Mark Beaumont© Independent.co.uk

It’s 10pm on Monday 11 February 1963, and as the Abbey Road clock ticks down the final minutes of an exhausting 12-hour session, John Lennon strips to the waist, doses up on Zubes throat lozenges and throws himself into one final death-or-glory charge into rock’n’roll history.