To commemorate his 79th birthday, we are going to talk about one of the oldest rumors and conspiracy theories that have been around since the ’60s: is Paul McCartney really alive, or is the “real” Paul – the one who founded The Beatles – dead?
Many fans have spotted “signs” and “clues” of what they believe it’s the truth, making it one of the most bizarre stories of music. But well, we can all agree that this only shows how crazy and devoted a fan can get, right?
So, is it really true the Beatles have been hiding such a huge secret? Is it true Paul died in a car crash back in 1966 and the band replaced him with an imposter? After all, the rumor spread really quickly and is still current nowadays.
The Theory Is Born
Let’s go back to the beginning of it all. It all started when during the show on WKNR, a mysterious caller said “Paul is dead”. It happened on 9 November 1966, when presumably Paul died at early hours after his car skidded off an icy road and crashed into a pole.
Conspiracy theorists claim that the rest of the group decided to replace Paul with an imposter for they were worried that Paul’s death would affect the Beatles’ huge commercial success. Theorists say that John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr replaced Paul with a lookalike man named Billy Shears, who looked, acted, and even sounded the part.
Finding The Clues
Fans did not sit idly by. All these years have passed by and “Paul is dead” remains the weirdest and most famous of all music conspiracy theories. Fans started looking for answers to this mystery and many theories started to unravel…
For instance, Paul was Officially Pronounced Dead (“O.P.D.”) on Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock, which is why George points to that line on the Sgt. Pepper sleeve, while Paul wears an “O.P.D.” patch.
And clues kept coming. If you hear “Revolution 9” backward, it says “Turn me on, dead man”. Another clue is that at the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John says, “I buried Paul.” What could it all mean?