There have been serious rumors circulating globally since the late sixties that the current Paul McCartney from the English rock band The Beatles that we all know today is actually not the real Paul McCartney. The stories have it that the real Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a complete look-alike. This is a really interesting development.
The story began when Paul McCartney was involved in a car crash in January 1967 in London. The rumor had it that Paul actually got killed in that car crash. And in order to save fans from grieving and to keep on cashing in on the Beatles and Paul McCartney’s buoyant career, the Beatles and their management instantly began searching for a look alike that they would use to replace him. It did not take long for them to find someone. Rumors have it that the Beatles management team replaced Paul McCartney with a man named William Campbell, who totally resembled the fallen musician. Now, William Campbell was said to be the winner of a Paul McCartney look-alike contest, therefore there was no shred of doubt that he was utterly perfect for the replacement.
Rumors of this development instantly began spreading like wildfire all over Europe and America. It was totally crazy. Music lovers and journalists from America in particular began feverishly gathering and publishing clues relating to Paul McCartney’s death. Many believers of the story even started to scrutinize the lyrics of the Beatles’ songs, saying that clues to McCartney’s untimely death could be found in these lyrics.
Some of the believers of the rumors said that if one were to listen to some of the Beatles songs played backwards you could actually here direct messages of McCartney’s death. I wonder how that was possible.
Anyway according to them, there was one Beatles song in particular which exposed the death of Paul McCartney. The song is entitled “Strawberry Fields Forever” which till today remains one of the biggest songs by The Beatles. Fans said upon listening to this particular song intently, one could hear John Lennon in the final verse of the song saying that he buried Paul.
Now, we go to one of the most interesting clues fans and followers of the story produced. Followers of the rumor were so relentless to uncover the truth of Paul McCartney’s death that they even went as far as carefully studying the Beatles’ artworks and photos as a group. According to them most of the Beatles’ artworks and pictures clearly exposed the so called death of Paul McCartney. The cover of The Beatles album ‘Abbey Road’ according to followers was the biggest and clearest giveaway that the real Paul McCartney had actually died. They said that having carefully studied the album cover, they noticed that the artwork clearly symbolized nothing other than a funeral procession by the Beatles. In the artwork of that particular album cover John Lennon is dressed in pure white, Ringo Starr was in complete black, George Harrison wore an old jeans and a shirt, and finally Paul McCartney dressed in a shabby and out dated suit. Also Paul McCartney was not wearing any shoes. He was pictured barefooted on the album cover.
Now, the followers of the rumor interpreted the above as:
John Lennon being dressed in white symbolizes a preacher at the funeral, Ringo Starr’s full black represents one who was mourning at the funeral, George Harrison’s old jeans and shirt represents a gravedigger. And finally Paul McCartney’s out-dated suit and the fact that he was barefooted went to symbolize a corpse. This was all the followers needed to come to a conclusion that Paul McCartney had really died.
The rumors began to grow out of control and with such rapidity it was soon an international affair. Everybody talked about it. People and fans worldwide began to believe in it until in October 1969, The Beatles issued an official statement via their press office denying the rumor.
Then on November 7th 1969 Paul McCartney finally granted an interview to a magazine in which he said he believes that the rumors about him dead came about as he wasn’t in the press a lot as he was spending time with his family.
The interview granted by Paul McCartney was extremely useful to the Beatles and fans all over the world as it led to the gradual decline of the rumor that the singer was dead.
But it will interest readers of this article to know that even till this day there are still several people and fans out there who still don’t believe that Paul McCartney survived that car crash. They still have in them the belief that the person who gave that interview was not the real Paul McCartney and that the real Paul McCartney died in a car crash.