In 1966, Paul McCartney died. Yes, the person you know as the famous Beatles band’s lovable bassist isn’t who you think he is. He’s an impostor – gasp!
We know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering who the Queen of England knighted, or who sang the classic ‘Live and Let Die,’ or ‘FourFiveSeconds’ with Rihanna. Well, according to some Beatles fans, there’s a conspiracy afoot!
A conspiracy that’s even got ties with U.K.’s Secret Service has been carefully guarded for 50 years. The theory claims that Paul McCartney had died as far back as 1966 and was replaced by a doppelgänger.
It’s also believed that his guilt-laden bandmates dropped cryptic clues about Paul’s death in their songs too!
If true, it just might be the best-kept secret of the music industry. A secret we’ll gladly share with you.
10 How It All Began
Surprisingly, the whole “Paul is dead” saga didn’t start with Mission Impossible soundtracks and fuzzy photos of agents in dark sunglasses. No. It all began in 1967, with a nondescript comment in The Beatles Book, a fan magazine.
The fanzine noted the rumor circulating that Paul had died in an accident on the M1 highway due to bad weather conditions. The fanzine dismissed it as untrue.
But the seeds were sown. And would resurface two years later in a September article published by the student newspaper of a university in Des Moines, Iowa.
The editorial claimed that the band had hidden messages about the cover-up in their albums. Fans were shocked. There was a frantic search for truth. But things didn’t get crazy until…
9 The Mysterious Call
When Russ Gibb was picking up a call on his WKNR radio show, he probably expected a sappy song request or something like that.
He didn’t expect a mystery caller – ‘Tom’ he called himself – telling him to play the Beatles’ Revolution 9′ backward.
And he certainly wasn’t expecting to hear the words, “turn me on dead man” repeated over and over again within the eerie background sound.
He freaked. So, did everyone who tuned in. And on 12 October 1969, the ‘Paul is dead’ conspiracy theory was born. It goes like this…