PAUL IS DEAD! THE RUMOR BEGAN 50 YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 12, 1969- PART 1

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It was fifty years ago today- the Paul Is Dead -rumor about The Beatles Paul McCartney went into full swing- when a radio DJ named Russ Gibb in Detroit on WKNR-FM took a call from a caller named Tom- who claimed that Paul McCartney was dead. He told Gibb to play Revolution 9 backwards and when the ‘number nine’ phrase was heard backwards it is ‘turn me on, dead man.” There had been rumors since mid- September but this really got the ball rolling. It didn’t take long and there were dozens of ‘clues’ finding their way into print- on Beatles albums, in Beatles songs- in photos- as to how The Beatles had covered up the death of McCartney. The quick story is McCartney had been killed in a car accident in November 1966 and that The Beatles had replaced Paul with the winner of a Paul McCartney look-a-like contest in time for the recording of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album- the new Paul’s name was William Campbell.

The “Paul Is Dead” story went mainstream- Paul [the real Paul?} even appeared with his wife Linda and the kids on the cover of Life with the caption “Paul Is Still With Us” Did Paul really die in that car wreck or was this just a hoax? In the next couple weeks I am going examine the ‘clues’ to the Paul is Dead rumor- and try to come to a conclusion- Is Paul dead? Or was this just a hoax?

13 responses to “PAUL IS DEAD! THE RUMOR BEGAN 50 YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 12, 1969- PART 1

  1. I like the MMT clues… It’s a lot of fun to find them.
    The one thing I thought about as a kid is…did they do this on purpose? It would be a great marketing tool. The fun thing is…the rumor is alive and well today.

    • Some people get really fired up when its brought up- I’ve always looked at it as just fun… c’mon the real Paul died and they just happened to find- 1- a look a like- 2- someone who not only looked like Paul but sounded like him 3- someone who wrote songs like him. … and also Jane Asher would have had to have spent a couple years of her life with this new guy-

    • No doubt EMI and Capitol were saying to themselves- why didn’t we think of this!! I wonder how many albums were sold? Probably everyone who burned their albums over John’s comments in 1966 were out restocking their collections!

    • I’ve thought about that bonfire episode also… I wonder how many more restocked… this would have been around the time they would have lol.

  2. Maybe after this one is solved, you could delve into Marilyn Monroe.
    Suicide or homicide?
    My doctor (oddly, of all people) told me this weird thing, that when she passed away, a lot of men jumped off bridges, clinging to a photo of her as they plummeted to their doom. Never heard that before. But I don’t think he made it up. Eeeek.

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