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About me:This page is dedicated to the life of Paul McCartney 1942 -1966. And the on going songwriting genius of William Campbell, the man who replaced McCartney in the internationally acclaimed pop act 'The Beatles'.
James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Road Hospital in Rice Lane, Liverpool. He was the first son of Mary and James McCartney. Paul's mother was a midwife, whose death from breast cancer in 1955 Paul's father was a cotton salesman during the day and a musician with Jim Mac's Jazz Band at night.
As a child, Paul had interest in music. Both he and his brother were sent to piano lessons, but these didn't last long. Then he was given a trumpet by an uncle, and he began to teach himself . His musical talent probably came from his father. Of all The Beatles, Paul's family was the only one with any musical background or interest.
Like John Lennon and the other Beatles, Paul was influenced by the skiffle craze in Britain and by Bill Hayley's early rock songs. Still, it was Elvis that formed the greatest impression on him.
Paul first met John Lennon through a friend, he was invited to see The Quarrymen play at the a Parish Church Fete. Later that afternoon, Paul borrowed a guitar and impressed everyone with all the chords he knew. About a week later, Lennon asked Paul to join The Quarrymen, and Paul accepted. From that day until November 9th 1966 of The Beatles, they never stopped, and together they became "Lennon & McCartney,"
At 5.00am, Wednesday November 9th 1966, Paul McCartney was pronounced dead after a fatal car accident. Not wanting to lose potential record sales, record company executives suppressed the story of Paul's death and brought in a replacement. In that period Brian Epstein, stunned over the loss of McCartney, overdosed and died. McCartney was replaced with the winner of a McCartney look-alike contest. The name of this look-alike was recorded as William Shears Campbell, (Billy Shears). Campbell went through extensive surgery and joined the band.
In 1966 the Beatles decided that their touring schedule was 'prehibiting them from getting into the studio and experimenting with their music creatively', and so quit the touring scene. This coincided with the exact time of McCartneys death and some believe this was because of the introduction of 'ringer', Billy Shears, and that fans would twig that Paul was not Paul and indeed an imposter
It is said that riddled with guilt the band decided to leave clues for their fans as to what had transpired. Many fans are convinced that the rumor is a hoax perpetrated deliberately by the Beatles as a joke, though this has been denied by all 4 members numerous times.
After McCartneys death, The first release was 'St Peppers lonely hearts club band', this was a vast departure in style for 'The Beatles' many credit this to the more expansive styles of William Campell.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band is rife with clues. The cover shows the Beatles assuming a new identity and laying to rest their earlier image as the Fab 4. This could easily represent Paul's burial and the end of the Beatles as we had known them. The wax images of the younger Beatles look mournfully on the gravesite because the Beatles were no longer the same band.
Looking at the older, psychedelic Beatles, The Beatles are all holding band instruments, but Paul's is black while the rest are holding brass instruments. A hand is over Paul's head, as though he were being blessed by a priest before being interred. (This is also a sign of death). Across the gravesite is a bass guitar oriented the way Paul, who was left-handed, would play it. The strings of the instrument are made of sticks but there are only 3 sticks rather than 4, just as there would only be 3 Beatles without Paul.
if you hold a mirror across the middle of the words "LONELY HEARTS" written across the center of the bass drum, you will see "IONEIX HE<>DIE". When arranged as "I ONE IX HE <> DIE," this image suggests the date (11-9, or November 9, 1966). ..
The stone figure at the feet of the wax images of the younger Beatles has line on its head, representing the head wounds that Paul sustained in the crash. The four-armed Indian doll at the front of the picture is Shiva, symbol of both destruction and creation. The television set on the ground to the right of the Beatles is turned off, suggesting that the news of the tragedy had been suppressed. On the inside Gatefold, Paul is wearing a patch with the letters "O.P.D.", interpreted as "Officially Pronounced Dead."
On the original LP the song lyrics are printed on the back over a picture of the Beatles. Unlike the rest of the Band, Paul has his back turned to the camera, the 3 black buttons on the back of his coat representing the mourning of the other Beatles. Though John, Paul and George were all about the same height, Paul appears taller than the other Beatles, suggesting that he is ascending (or had a growth spurt??). Next to Paul's head are the words "WITHOUT YOU" from the song title "Within You Without You". Also, George appears to be pointing at the words "Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock as the day begins", which would have been the time of Paul's fatal accident.
The lyrics themselves seem to be revealing information about Paul's death and replacement, Campbell. The title song introduces Billy Shears, who then tells the audience in "With a Little Help from My Friends" "Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song/And I'll try not to sing out of key". Paul's replacement, William Campbell, but here referred to as "Billy Shears," was still working on perfecting his singing voice. Several songs have references to a tragic accident. "Good Morning, Good Morning" opens with the line "Nothing to do to save his life call his wife in." One story of Paul's fatal accident was that he had picked up a woman named Rita and she became so excited when she realized she was in a car with Paul McCartney that she threw herself on him. As told in the song "Lovely Rita," "I took her home/I nearly made it". In "A Day in the Life" John sings "He blew his mind out in a car/He hadn't noticed that the lights had changed/A crowd of people stood and stared/They'd seen his face before/Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords" and also in She's Leaving Home "Wednesday morning at 5'o'clock as the day begins".
On page 3 of the 'Magical Mystery Tour' booklet, Paul is shown sitting behind a desk with a nameplate that reads "I Was". The nameplate could also be read as "I You Was" or "I Was You," perhaps suggesting that Paul had disappeared and been replaced by a double. Also, the British flags behind Paul are crossed as they would be in a military funeral. On page 9, "Fool on the Hill" is shown next to a cartoon image of Paul. The final "L" in the title extends over Paul's head, as though his head were split open. This picture suggests the head injury that Paul sustained in his fatal crash. on Page 10, on Ringo's bass drum between "Love" and "The Beatles" and the numeral "3"—that is, "Love the 3 Beatles". Also, blood appears to be dripping from Paul's shoes, which are lying next to the bass drum. Fred LaBour asserts that, "empty shoes... were a Grecian symbol of death." On page 23, the Beatles are all wearing carnations, but Paul's is black while the other Beatles have red ones
One of the best known audio clues comes at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever". As the song is fading out for the second time, John apparently says "I buried Paul."
On 'I am the Walrus' is narrates Paul had left the recording studio in anger on a "stupid bloody Tuesday" after squabbling with his bandmates. The refrain "I'm crying" is Lennon expressing his grief over Paul's death. The references to "pretty little policement" and "waiting for the van to come" supposedly refer to the police who were present at the site of Paul's death. The opening line of the song, "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together" suggests that all of the Beatles were involved in the conspiracy.
In the lower right hand corner of the poster of the 'White Album' is a picture of Paul dancing. When viewed closely, a pair of ghostly hands are reaching toward Paul from behind (see my pics). Also, in the lower left hand corner of the poster is a picture of Paul in disguise.this is said to be William Campbell prior to the plastic surgery that allowed him to replace Paul.
Apparently, Paul had left the studio after arguing with Ringo. In his song "Don't Pass Me By", Ringo expresses his regret at the tragic turn of events after Paul's angry departure from the studio: "I listen for your footsteps coming up the drive/I listen for your footsteps but they don't arrive" George moans "Paul, Paul" at the end of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".At the end of "I'm So Tired" John utters some gibberish which when played backwards transpires as "Paul is a dead man. Miss him, miss him miss him". Listen to it here... http://www.turnmeondeadman.net/IBP/IBPX/I'mSoTiredEditReversed.mp3
When Paul was giving an acceptance speech for the Beatles' awarding of the 'Presidents Award' at the Grammy's, he gave thanks "on behalf of John, Paul, George and Ringo", list ing the members in 3rd person? instead of "on behalf of John, myself, George and Ringo"? . A very public slip up from William Campbell.
There are parts of the song Revolution 9 which contain clues to Paul's death--the most notable was from the repeated phrase "Number 9" . When played backwards, it sounds like "turn me on, dead man," which darkly recalls the line "I'd love to turn you on" from "A Day in the Life". In the sound collage of "Revolution 9" are the sounds of Paul's fatal accident... http://www.turnmeondeadman.net/IBP/IBPX/NumberNineReversed.mp3
The cover photo of Abbey Road is said to be a funeral procession. Leading the procession is John wearing white, symbolizing the priest. Ringo, dressed in black, is the undertaker. Paul, the corpse, is out of step with the other Beatles, he is barefoot (a sign of death) and his eyes are closed. George, dressed in work clothes, is the gravedigger. Also, Paul is smoking a cigarette, also known as a "coffin nail". He is holding the cigarette in his right hand, even though the real Paul McCartney was left handed.
The front cover of the lesser known LP 'very together' released in '69 shows four candles with one of the candles snuffed out. Yet another clue of McCartneys passing from the existing members of the band.
The large photograph of Paul that was included inside the White Album was a bold move, but apparently EMI were left embarrassed when people noticed the clear scar that was on his lip. This time when they needed a close-up of Paul's face they've conveniently placed a microphone over his mouth - hiding Campbell's tell tale scar
There was a noticable and un-natural growth spurt in Paul between 1965 and 1967 - somewhere in the region of 3 inches. This growth is evident on their album covers. Look at the album cover for Help, and then the album cover for Sgt. Peppers and you'll notice just how much Paul grew between the two years. This is also noticeable in numerous other shots of McCartney with the band and with his father.
All through his early life, and into Beatlemania, the parting in Paul's hair was on the right side of his head. After 1966 this parting suddenly jumped onto the left side. Although it is not impossible for this to happen, the question needs raising why did he feel it was necessary to do so, and why did it happen around the end of 1966?
Paul was charged for a drug smuggling offense in the 1980's after a tour of Japan. He was arrested and he had his fingerprints taken. However,the fingerprints taken then did not match fingerprints from from him before 1966 (allegedly).
In 1988, Warner Brothers released a video titled 'Imagine' which focussed on John Lennon - spanning his life and career and showed some of the Imagine recording sessions. There is one particular scene where John and George are having something to eat and are talking about Yoko being a 'Beatle wife' and referring to the Fab 4. Then George corrects John and says 'Fab 3'. Realising his mistake John agrees. Then George asks how someone called Beatle Bill is doing. Beatle Bill? Could he possibly be referring to Paul's alledged replacement Billy Campbell? ..
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