It’s one of my all-time favorite legends in music. Something that keeps me fascinated and keeps my imagination turning. Originally this Paul McCartney conspiracy theory was presented to me like a ghost story. Meant to scare me and rock my world. Yet over time, it went from this haunting tale to a showcase of the sheer brilliance of The Beatles.
The story goes that in November of 1966, Paul, having a horrible argument with the rest of The Beatles, storms out of the studio. On his drive home he crashes his car and is killed in the wreck. Now at the time The Beatles were at the peak of their success. More success than any other band has ever, and maybe will ever reach. So label execs and the other three Beatles weren’t ready to give that up, but knew that they couldn’t go on without Paul either. So they replaced Paul with a look alike, grooming him for the switch so no one would know. Ringo, George, and John were so distraught by this that they felt it right to tell the fans what they had done. So they left clues in their music, and on their album covers, letting people uncover the truth for themselves. It wasn’t till a couple years later that people started taking notice to the clues but once they did, the floodgates were opened. Radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, an enormous amount of records sold just for clue hunting. It was a global sensation, everyone was searching for clues.
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Younger Paul McCartney[/caption]
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Older Paul McCartney[/caption]
Now I can’t possible run through all the evidence in this blog. The clues range from album art, and the arrangement of the Beatles on the covers, to lyrics in the songs, suggesting, and even telling the story of Paul’s death. Go back and re-listen to songs like “A Day in the Life” and “Come Together.” The Beatles took it as far as to put clues on the albums so that when you play the records backward you would hear clues. Also being inconspicuous almost went out the window for the group. In the song “Glass Onion” the lyrics are pretty straight forward, “Well here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul.” Whether the story is true or not, it’s hard to argue that the clues were just random, and not intentionally placed there.
This is a link to a website that will walk to through almost every clue out there: http://www.ispauldead.com/
Now for a moment, let’s play with the idea that the Beatles meant to put these clues in the music. That they were the masterminds behind the whole thing and it wasn’t people just being crazy. Most argue that the clues begin on either the 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper” or the 1966 album “Yesterday and Today” aka “The Butcher Album.” Yet it wasn’t till 1969 when “Abbey Road” came out that people really started taking notice and backtracking to find more clues. So basically, this mega group known as the Beatles, had already seen more success as musicians than almost anyone else in history. They got bored and started leaving clues in their music suggesting that one of their members died. Even if the story is true you still have to be a little bit in awe of the fact that they continued to place these clues over three or four different albums before anyone took notice. Now let’s follow the general public and assume that the stories aren’t true. Were the Beatles so bored that they felt it necessary to create this whole elaborate story? It seems like we need to raise the pedestal that they are on so that The Beatles don’t just look but tower over the rest of the music world. To write some of the most beautiful and well known songs of all time, and simultaneously place clues to a crazy story you made up. It’s a piece of this conspiracy that goes overlooked and a part of that from day one has left me jaw dropped at just how good the Beatles really were. Truly a band made up of Ringo, and three of the most creative minds that will ever appear. As a music lover you just have to feel lucky that they found each other and created music.