The Beatles have widely been regarded as one of the most prominent rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s, and their influence has still carried over into the present day, inspiring numerous bands and at the time, they were one of the most popular rock bands from England. With Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the helm of writing the band's most successful singles, they enjoyed chart success until their breakup in 1970.
What if the Paul McCartney we know today is a phony? The urban legend says that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by the winner of a look-alike contest named William Campbell (AKA William Shepherd in some cases) for the final four years of The Beatles livelihood to spare the public grief. The rumors really began to take off in 1969 when University of Michigan student Fred LaBour published a review under the headline "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light." where he mentioned plausible clues found among many Beatles releases, including songs and album covers, the most prominent being Abbey Road.
Among the many clues to support the rumor of Paul McCartney's death are:
- The Abbey Road album cover which features the band walking across a zebra crossing says that each member represents a funeral procession:
- John Lennon, dressed in a white suit, represents a preacher or Heavenly figure.
- Ringo Starr, dressed in black suit, represents an undertaker or funeral participant.
- George Harrison, dressed in a blue shirt and denim jeans, represents a grave digger.
- Paul McCartney, barefoot and out of sync with the other members, represents the corpse.
- Backwards messages have also been said to mention Paul's death, among these are:
- Revolution 9: When the section that repeats "Number 9" 12 times is play backwards, the message "turn me on dead man" is heard repeating.
- I'm So Tired: When the section that has gibberish is played backwards, the message "Paul is a dead man. Miss him, miss him, miss him" is heard.
- Blue Jay Way: When "Don't be long" is played backwards, the message "Paul is bloody" is heard.
Status of LegendEdit
Status: False. Paul McCartney is very much alive and is one of two Beatles members who are still with us today (along with drummer Ringo Starr). McCartney has denied the rumor of his death several times in interviews.