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Paul Is Dead

The Paul Is Dead hoax was a series of events in the 1960s that led fans of the popular rock band The Beatles to believe that bassist Paul McCartney was actually dead and replaced with a look-alike. McCartney (born June 18, 1942) is (as of 2004) not dead.

The hoax really began to build steam by 1969, when Russell Gibb, a radio DJ from Detroit, Michigan, announced that McCartney was dead. Other DJs, television news reporters, newspapers and magazines picked up on the story and began to look for clues.

Members of the media and Beatles fans began to search album artwork and song lyrics for clues about the cover-up and McCartney's supposed death. Hoax believers eventually decided that McCartney had died in a car accident that happened at 5 a.m. on a Wednesday morning (the time and day, mentioned in the song "She's Leaving Home"), and that "he hadn't noticed that the lights had changed" ("A Day In The Life") because he was busy watching the pretty girl on the sidewalk ("Lovely Rita"). According to hoax believers, McCartney had been replaced with the winner of a McCartney look-alike contest. The name of this look-alike has been recorded as both William Campbell or William Shears. Though it's been denied by all four members numerous times, many fans are convinced that the hoax was perpetrated deliberately by the Beatles as a joke.

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1 Other "clues" included:
2 Other Beatles hoaxes
3 External links

Other "clues" included:

In the years after this hoax first began, John Lennon made a couple of jokes about it in various songs, including "Glass Onion" ("Here's another clue for you all/the walrus was Paul"). McCartney himself also made fun of the hoax with the title of his 1993 live album and tour, Paul Is Live.

As of 2004, the Beatles known to be dead are John Lennon (murdered outside of the Dakota building in New York City in December 1980), George Harrison (died of brain cancer in November 2001), and Stuart Sutcliffe (died of a brain haemorrhage).

Sir Paul remains alive and he has possessions in Tucson, Arizona. The "McCartney drive" there is named after him and Linda.

Other Beatles hoaxes

External links