Paul still isn’t dead…
By Jon Smith
Let’s go back to 1969. In September of ’69 The Beatles gave us the famed release of Abbey Road, and with it they continued to deal with one of the greatest urban legends in rock and roll history. The death hoax was spread like wildfire. Rumors that Sir Paul McCartney had actually died in 1966 and secretly replaced by a doppelganger.
After all, people will point out. If you play “Revolution #9” from the “White Album” backwards you get the message “Turn me on, dead man”.
Even the Abbey Road album cover had clues to Paul’s perceived death. Among them being that Paul is out of step with the group, and barefoot. And of course, the license plate on a nearby vehicle in the photo reads “28if” which many believed to be meant as a representation of Paul’s age IF he were still alive.
So how do we know it was a rumor? Well exactly 50 years ago this week, Paul McCartney himself made a public statement. Which I guess was a little more of a hassle back in the days before Twitter.
“Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated,…
However, if I was dead, I’m sure I’d be the last to know.”
So there you have it. Paul is still here, 50 years later. Though, now that I look at it.. That’s not exactly a denial..