If ex-Beatle Paul McCartney is dead, he certainly seems to show up everywhere – all the time. Despite this fact, for more than forty years, many people still hold the belief that McCartney is dead.
Here’s the story. In 1969, the rumor began that McCartney had been killed in a car crash at 5am on Wednesday November 9th, 1966. He was then replaced by a double. MI5, otherwise known as British intelligence, forced the Beatles and their management to cover up the death of McCartney to avoid possible mass suicides of Beatles fans. The Beatles didn’t like the idea of being forced into a cover-up, so they attempted to subtly let their fans know the truth by burying hints in their songs and album artwork.
Is there any evidence to back up this claim that many since have considered a hoax? There is little no none. The evidence is mainly fans reading way too much into songs. The song “A Day in the Life” on the album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band contains the phrases “He blew his mind out in a car” and “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.” “Paul is dead” is only audible if the song is played backward. The song “Strawberry Fields Forever” contains a mumbled line that sounds like “I buried Paul.” John Lennon, who wrote the song, said the phrase was actually “cranberry sauce.”
What about album covers with hidden messages? Yesterday & Today, released in 1966 depicts the band posed with raw meat and baby doll parts. Many claim this is their way of telling fans that Paul died in a violent accident. The iconic Abbey Road album cover, which is a snapshot of all four band members crossing the street in front of Abbey Road studios in London, many still claim isn’t what it seems. It has been theorized that the band members are crossing the street as if they were part of a funeral procession. George Harrison was wearing jeans as a gravedigger would. John Lennon was wearing white, as if he were a clergyman. Ringo Starr was dressed all in black, depicting a mourner. Paul, of the imposter Paul, wore no shoes and walked out of step with the other three. He did this supposedly because he was dead.
If Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by an imposter, who was the lucky guy who got to change his identity to be one of the most famous musicians to ever step on to a stage? His name, purportedly, is William ‘Billy’ Shears. Others say William Campbell. Others have said Billy Shepherd. So, as quickly as McCartney ‘died,’ the Beatles found someone who could play bass and sing just like him. Theorists have asserted that the proof likes in pictures of McCartney pre and post 1966. He has attached ear lobes one year, and the next year he doesn’t. There are even claims that he is pictured very soon after undergoing plastic surgery in Kenya (to look more like McCartney) on the next to the last page of the booklet insert within The White Album. (pictured above)
Did Paul McCartney die in a gruesome car crash in 1966 to be replaced with an imposter, or is the man we still see performing today, who has been Knighted by the Queen of England, exactly who he says he is – Paul McCartney? Or maybe he is hanging out at an island resort with Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur, and Kurt Cobain (all of which have their own conspiracy theories attached to them) while Billy Shears is still pretending to be him almost half a century later. Feel free to comment and let us know your thoughts.