Due 26/03...Paul McCartney 'died' in a car crash in the winter of 1966 and the remaining Beatles, wary of losing their standing as the most popular band in existence, replaced him with the winner of look-alike competition, a double named William Campbell.
It became the conspiracy theory of the decade.
Believing the band were involved in the alleged deception, and seeking evidence of their involvement, mischievous fans presented ‘proof’ to the world in the form of clues with which they claimed the band peppered their later work.
Examples include the faintly-heard “I buried Paul” at the end of Strawberry Fields, the bass guitar shaped funerary flower arrangement that can be seen on the Sgt. Pepper album sleeve and the appearance of William Campbell posing as Paul on the front of Abbey Road, dressed to imitate Paul’s barefoot corpse.
What is in no doubt is that the resulting spate of singles spawned by the rumour are a great collection of ’60s music in their own right.
They’re all featured here, with B sides included.
So sit back, listen and judge for yourself if, as recounted in John Lennon’s How Do You Sleep?, “Those freaks were right” when they said Paul was dead.
TRACK LISTING 01- Intro (0:45) 02 - Terry Knight - Saint Paul 03 - Terry Knight - (The Legend Of) William & Mary 04 - Zacherias & The Tree People - We're All Paul Bearers (Pt.1) 05 - Zacherias & The Tree People - We're All Paul Bearers (Pt.2) 06 - Billy Shears & The All Americans - Brother Paul 07 - Billy Shears & The All Americans - Message To Seymour 08 - Werbley Finster - So Long Paul 09 - Werbley Finster - Here Comes Werbley 10 - The Mystery Tour - Ballad Of Paul 11 - The Mystery Tour - Ballad Of Paul (Follow The Bouncing Paul) 12 – Outro 13. Mystery Bonus Track
Is that old chestnut still going? The power of an advertising company is greater than that of an Emperor of Rome. Nice try Paul you should write a mystery and get it published by Serpent's Tail or Bitter Lemon Press.
If you put all the pieces of the conundrum which is the Beatles together what you get is a massive marketing strategy w. some measure of talent no doubt but I tend to listen to the masters like Little Richard and he didn't rate Paul at all!
Strange, because Little Richard has always been very complimentary about McCartney in interviews and says he considers him to be a good friend. But then maybe you know better than Little Richard what Little Richard thinks about McCartney!