August 8, 1969: Paul is dead



On this day 50 years ago today — August 8, 1969 — rock star Paul McCartney was tragically run over and killed in a hit-and-run accident that was never solved, during a photo session for their hit album Abbey Road (contained the hits “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Come Together,” and — ironically enough — “And In the End”).

The tragic death of Paul McCartney was immediately covered up by Beatles manager Allen Klein. “It will completely ruin sales of the Abbey Road album if word gets out that Paul is dead,” opined Klein. John Lennon agreed. Hence, one of the biggest frauds and cover-ups was perpetuated on the music-buying public. Klein and Lennon concocted this conspiracy to replace the dead Paul McCartney with a fake look-alike Paul McCartney. Assuming that most rock and roll fans were so stoned on drugs they would never be able to tell the difference.

And their ruse worked. Even when the fake “Paul McCartney” released the insipid hit single “My Love” in 1974, and “Silly Little Love Songs” several years later, Beatles fans were none the wiser. They bought the hoax; lock, stock and barrel.

Though the “Paul is Dead” conspiracy theories would continue to linger on for many years after. There were many crucial “clues” after all. The film-maker Oliver Stone made a crucial film about it years later. Where he concluded that the CIA — or maybe Yoko Ono — were behind the assassination of Paul McCartney. But the film was a flop at the box office. So that was the end of that.

Meanwhile the fake “Paul McCartney” lives on to this very day. Sad. Very sad.

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