It is widely assumed that the first Beatle to die was John Lennon who was killed on the 8th of December by Mark David Chapman.
You’d all be wrong believing this for it was Paul McCartney who died in a car crash in 1966, below you will find all the compelling evidence.
Well I had you going there for a while, of course it was John Lennon who was the first of the fab 4 to die in a heinous crime.However there were and there still are many conspiracy theorists(aka nutcases) who claim that Paul McCartney died in 1966.
In September 1969, American college students published articles claiming that clues to McCartney’s supposed death could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles’ recordings. Clue-hunting proved infectious and, within a few weeks, had become an international phenomenon. Rumours declined after a contemporary interview with McCartney was published in Life magazine in November 1969.
On 21 October 1969, the Beatles’ press office issued statements denying the rumour, deeming it “a load of old rubbish”and saying that “the story has been circulating for about two years—we get letters from all sorts of nuts but Paul is still very much with us.” Rumours started to decline when,on 7 November 1969, Life magazine published a contemporary interview with McCartney in which he said,
Perhaps the rumour started because I haven’t been much in the press lately. I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don’t have anything to say these days. I am happy to be with my family and I will work when I work. I was switched on for ten years and I never switched off. Now I am switching off whenever I can. I would rather be a little less famous these days
But how did the theory start in the first place?
1. McCartney didn’t have his shoes in that photograph
Paul was shoeless on the Abbey Road sleeve, reminding us of the custom to bury people without their shoes in some cultures. And the best one – in the background on Abbey Road is the Volkswagen Beetle with the number plate “LMW 28IF”, which is supposed to say that Paul would be 28 if still alive… However, Paul was 27 at the time. Some say that some cultures count you as 1 when you are born, and so that he would be 28 in their customs.
2. Sgt Pepper’s wreath album cover
There is a yellow wreath at the bottom shaped like a bass guitar. People thought that was proof that he had died, and The Beatles were candidly mourning. The entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was awash with Paul-is-dead clues: the Beatles had formed a “new” band featuring a fictional member named Billy Shears — supposedly the name of Paul’s replacement. The album contained John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life,” which had the lyrics “He blew his mind out in a car” and the recorded phrase “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him,” which becomes evident only when the song is played backward. Lennon also mumbled, “I buried Paul” at the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever” (in interviews, Lennon said the phrase was actually “cranberry sauce” and denied the existence of any backward messages).
3.Yesterday and Today album
The original cover of 1966’s Yesterday and Today album featured the Beatles posed amid raw meat and dismembered doll parts — symbolizing McCartney’s gruesome accident.
There are several other bits of ‘evidence’ but I will leave you with the classic Strawberry Fields forever where John Lennon allegedly says at the end “I buried Paul” rather then “Cranberry Sauce”
Some of these people are crazy, next they will say Ringo Starr is the narrator in “Thomas the Tank engine”
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