NEW! Thinking about buying the new 'The U.S. Albums' box set? You aren't getting a reissue of the original North American Capitol albums. Click here for more.

Home > Turn Me On, Dead Man

'Paul Is Dead' Hoax

Noted as "the most elaborate pop hoax in history," the "Paul is dead" myth has generated more rumors and speculation for the Beatles than for any other group. It all started on a Sunday afternoon, 1969, in Detroit, MI, when a DJ known as Russ Gibb aired a call from a student at Eastern Michigan University, named Tom. Tom stated that when the beginning of the song "Revolution 9" is played backwords, the voice says, "Turn me on, dead man." He also told Gibb that at the very end of "Strawberry Fields Forever", a muffled voice says, "I buried Paul." Gibb played both on the air. The phone lines went crazy.

Since then, fans have "found" hundreds more clues that Paul had indeed died. All clues pointed to a 1966 motorcycle accident in which, according to the folklore, Paul was killed (decapitated). It was then that the remaining Beatles replaced him with a man named William Campbell in a Beatles lookalike contest. Eerily, the contest and the accident really did occur at about the same time.

When asked about the story, Paul initially gave comments such as, "Don't even feel under the weather!" or (of Campbell), "Splendid; he can deal with John." However, over the course of time he and the other Beatles, especially John Lennon, vehemently denied the planting of clues in the albums.

This list attempts to gather all clues from the albums and songs that Paul is dead. Of course, this is all in fun, and many of these so-called "clues" have been proven false - Anthology has shown that John is in fact saying "cranberry sauce" at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever", not "I buried Paul." Nonetheless, some of the "clues" are strangely facinating.

"Paul Is Dead" Audio clues

"Paul Is Dead" Visual clues

© 1996-2014 SMACKBOMB.com except where noted. All Rights Reserved. HVH2