Discover the Mysteries Surrounding the Death of Beatle Paul McCartney. Was this just a hoax put on by the other Beatles, or a crazy Rumor started by Fans! The album cover Abbey Road started it all!
Website Last updateJuly 11, 2010
Did you know that Paul McCartney died in a car crash in November of 1966, was replaced by a look-alike carefully groomed in his musical style to match that of the deceased Beatle. Crazy you say?
In the fall of 1969—shortly after the release of the Beatles’ Abbey Road—a rumor swept America concerning the death of Paul McCartney. While this rumor was very popular on college campuses, the widespread acceptance of this rumor reached such proportions that stories of the phenomenon were subjects of news reports and publications no less respect than the New York Times, TimeMagazine, and the cover story of Life Magazine. It was the cover of Abbey Road that started it all.
On Abbey Road Album, why was McCartney barefoot and out of step? Was John Lennon dressed in white to represent a religious person? Was Ringo dressed like a mortician and George dressed as a shabby gravedigger? What about the policeman on the other side of the street?The yellow VW bug license plate that reads 28IF - Was this album cover staged? Shortly after this album was released, The paul is dead rumors started to take off.
The hysteria of this rumor started to spread like wild fire across the country, Could McCartney really be dead? Or is this just a Paul is dead hoax? This rumor was very popular, will spend the next several pages probing some of the clues and theories behind this bizarre story. Read very carefully. You may find that sanity is not quite as easily defined as you thought. You may begin to question your own.
Around this same time frame WKNR-FM DJ Russell Gibb received a phone call from students at Eastern Michigan University who claimed that the Fab Four song Revolution 9 contained a backward message confirming the rumor. Gibb played the song backwards on his turntable, and heard "Turn me on, dead man, turn me on, dead man, and turn me on, dead man “Gibb began telling his listeners about what he called” The Great Cover-up".
To add more fuel to the fire, The Beatles never wanted to talk about the Paul is dead rumors and for years just laugh it off as crazy. Which only added to the mystery of what they were up to, had they created a bunch of Paul is dead Clues to increase record sales.
Paul is dead hoax? The most common tale is that on Wednesday, 9 November 1966 at 5 am, McCartney, while working on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, stormed out of a recording session after an argument with the other members of the group and rode off in his Austin-Healey, which he subsequently crashed.
The story was largely pieced together by fans from the lyrics of several songs. The most common narrative includes the following pieces of evidence: "He didn't notice that the lights had changed" ("A Day in the Life") because he was busy watching the pretty girl on the pavement (the eponymous meter maid of "Lovely Rita") after narrowly missing her dressed in blue (she's said to be the blur on the back of Abbey Road) jaywalking ("Blue Jay Way"). He then crashed into a lamp-post (a car crash sound is heard in "Revolution 9" and "A Day in the Life"). He was pronounced dead on a "Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock as the day begins" ("She's Leaving Home"), and nobody found out this because the news was withheld: "Wednesday morning papers didn't come" ("Lady Madonna"). A funeral procession was held days later (as supposedly implied in the Abbey Road album cover). Adding fuel to the legend is the ending of "Strawberry Fields Forever." Some believed John said "I buried Paul" in a slow deep voice over the final refrain.
According to believers, that this is not a Paul is dead hoax, McCartney was replaced with the winner of a Paul McCartney look-alike contest. The name of this look-alike has been recorded as William Shears Campbell, Billy Shears (the name of the fictitious leader of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), William Sheppard (based on the inspiration for the song "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"), or some combination of the names.
Then in 1979 Beatle expert Joel Gasiler and Dave Fox produce an in depth radio show called. "Is Paul Dead? Turn me on dead man". Which brought the dead rumors back to life like no other time. The radio program was one hour long and it started with Sgt. Peppers and finished with Let it Be. The show caused a fire storm because it gave clues off each album and played the songs backwards making it very easy for everyone to hear the clues. Beatle fans went nuts with this new program. Here it was all laid out before them, step by step and explained it all in great detail. Who was Billy Shears? That The Beatles sang about? Billy Shears (the name of the fictitious leader of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) and William Campbell, a winner in a Paul McCartney look a like contest in 1965. Is Paul McCartney Dead?
They under covered clues that pointed to his death and nobody had noticed or heard before. The whole Paul is dead clues started to make a lot of sense to a lot of people.
At the time that this very rare Beatles recording was airing, Paul McCartney and Wings weretouring the UK on "Wings over Europe tour"- The media began asking Paul McCartney about the Paul is dead stuff again and he refused to talk about such silly stuff, which only made Beatle fans more interested in the Paul is dead rumors. Some fans started to believe that this really did happen, and Paul McCartney's lack of given it any attention only sealed their convictions. This is a great Beatles radio show.
Then in December 1980 John Lennon was killed, this very rare Beatles recording was pulled off the airways. Until the summer of 1981 this Beatles radio show "Turn me on dead man" ran again for several months before sitting on the shelf.
There it sat on the shelf for all those years!
Then in the late 1990's, as Paul McCartney's publishing company MPL started asking media from around the world for anything related Paul McCartney and Wings, like radio files, news clips, pictures, or anything the public had on Wings for the making of the documentary "Wingspan, An intimate Portrait". During this time, I stumble upon a gem: an old taping of "Is Paul dead? Turn me on dead man". On the box it read, "Aired November 15, 1980 Radio station K96". When we played it, I was shocked that I could hear anything at all with large fads in and outs, sounds levels all above the unnecessary fades, unchecked sound levels, and noise. Did I mention noise?!
We began restoration of the tape. In an effort to remain true to the original recording and radio program, we decided to leave the tape just as it aired. Despite a few challenges with splicing and deterioration, we managed to restore the tape to near-original sound quality. The remaining fades and variation in tone help to maintain the true feel of the radio program and to bring it to life. You might feel as though you are back in 1980! I hope you enjoy this program as much as I did when I first heard it on the radio in my youth. I was just getting into the Beatles as this program hit the airways and I remember how it brightened the fire I felt for the Beatles and their music. This is a great Beatles radio show that you will never forget! Creepy, Edgy and Very Cool! This to me was no Paul is dead hoax!
All the Music and Clues on this one Audio CD! Running Time 54:16 minutes
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The Show Begins ....Turn Me On Dead Man! is a show that will leave you shaking in disbelief; however we ask you to remember this: everything you're about to hear is documented fact and not fiction. To fully enjoy the show it would be a good idea for you to have your copy of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Album, the Magical Mystery TourAlbum, The White Album, and the Abbey Road Album. And now: "Turn me on dead men.”
What other Beatles Paul is dead Fans are saying about this Program!
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Too many clues to be a coincidence !!! Justin Norwell Canada
This is the coolest CD that I own! A+++ Thanks! Scott Beesley Texas USA
You've Never Heard The Fab Four like this before! Karen Wislon UK
Join us as we go over all the clues, search album covers, analyze lyrics, and even play some song backwards like the song Revolution 9. What were the Beatles up to? When asked about placing clues and hidden massage in their albums, the Beatles always skirted the issue and just laughed. ………
Is Paul Dead radio show, this is the original uncut radio program broadcast in the United States in November of 1980, just one month before John Lennon was killed. It was pulled right off the air the night John Lennon was shot. This is a very rare Beatles recording. It covers everything about the Paul is dead rumors.
Digitally Remastered and available on CD or instant Beatles mp3 download. Contains all the clues and hidden messages on all of Beatles' albums. Detail account of each album covers clues, plus others in their music. Listen while Revolution 9 from the White Album is played backwards and you can hear the voice say "turn me on dead man" Plus many other songs backwards lyrics. This show aired in the United States starting in 1979 and comes from the radio station K96. This well-produced program will make you reconsider what you thought about the Beatles. Enjoy!
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This website is laid out to help you understand each album and what clues are on that album. On the left hand side of the website is the different albums that you can explore and discovery the history and making of that record. If you have purchased the Radio Program you can turn it on and start at the beginning and just follow along with show. This website comes in handy if you don't have the originals albums, because the CD's have changed some of the art work. Plus CD's are so small it makes finding clues hard sometimes. We have included all the pictures that you need from the 24 page booklet from Magical Mystery Tour that has long gone out of print!
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