Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Turn Me On, Dead Man
Was it a hoax? The sensationalist media run amuck? Or did it really happen? In the late '60s rumors began to circulate that paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash and replaced by a double. A plethora of "evidence" and "proof" was offered up by various pundits to support this thesis; Paul was the only Beatle not wearing shoes on the cover of Abbey Road; Paul was dressed in a walrus costume on The Magical Mystery Tour cover; a number of Beatles songs contained "backwards" messages that suggested paul was, indeed, dead. The Beatles themselves were never very forthcoming; even Paul himself never stated for certain whether he had died or not. If that's not proof then the Sloptops don't know what is (or isn't)!
The samples for this piece came from a recording posted at the original "365 Days" project (see link at right, under "Sites You Should Visit), as well as a recording of a 1969 broadcast of the "Uncle Russ Gibb radio show on WKNR, Cleveland.
Here are some links if you would like to read more.
Listen: Paul Is Dead Hoax - Putting the rumor to rest
AUDIO: Beatles In Detroit and Paul is Dead "I read the news today: All Beatles news
Listen: Turn Me On, Dead Man 7.5 Mb
Download Mp3 7.5 Mb