I read the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade...he blew his mind out in a car. He
didn\'t notice that the lights had changed.(the Beatles, 1967) These lyrics proved to fans that Paul
McCartney had indeed died in a tragic auto accident in late 1966. Some people were skeptical about the
explanation, but upon investigating the album covers and the lyrics of the Beatles\' songs, the story
seems to make sense. Some of the lyrics have to be a twisted in order to make sense in the prank, but
after an explanation, the clues are perfectly coherent.
For thirty-one years, the "Paul Death Hoax" has intrigued a horde of Beatles\' fans and fanatics
alike. While it\'s difficult to point to an absolute point of origination, there is no evidence
whatsoever that the Beatles themselves had anything to do with the story, although many claim that the
Beatles intended it to be a joke the their fans. However, clues, which seem so cleverly arranged, are
random coincidences or inaccurate interpretations of existing facts, and all Beatles have denied that
they were in any way involved with the deceit. This leads people to believe that maybe Paul did die in
that alleged accident.
In the late summer 1969, the Northern Illinois University campus newspaper, Northern Star,
obtained a list of clues from a student who wrote a research paper on the hoax. (Saki) Russell Gibb, a
disc jockey for the Detroit radio station, WNKR, then got a copy of it from a friend of his, and on his
radio show, proceeded to read them and even make up his own on the spot. Within a few days, Gibb and his
coworkers were astonished to see that newspapers and reporters took his on-air joke too seriously and
spread the story more widely. (Saki) More clues came about when Fred Labour, arts reviewer of the
University of Michigan\'s student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, was asked to review "Abbey Road." He had
listened to Gibb\'s radio show a few days before this, and was inspired to write his own article, based on
"clues" from Gibb and making up his own. The newspaper published the article under the title, "McCartney
Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light." (Saki) Labour and the editor,!
J. Gray, assumed that everyone knew it was a joke. The rest of the world took it seriously, and soon
Labour was swamped with phone calls from media who wanted more information about his findings. However,
these two men are not "responsible" for the hoax, they were the ones who figured it out from the clues.
James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England, on June 18, 1942, in Ward Hospital. His
mother, Mary Patricia, had given up hospital work just over a year previously and became a health
visitor. Jim McCartney, his father, worked for Napiers, the engineering works in Liverpool, at the time
of Paul\'s birth.
Paul started primary school at Stockton Wood Road Primary when the family moved to Speke, near
Liverpool. He then went to the Liverpool Institute, the best-known of Liverpool\'s grammar schools.
(Davies, 24) At age thirteen, the McCartneys moved to a little house in Ardwick, also near Liverpool. A
year later, Mary died of breast cancer, a tragedy that was extremely painful to the family, especially
Paul\'s little brother, Michael. The boys were then moved to stay with one of Jim\'s sisters, Aunt Jinny,
so Jim could start over with the household work. The boys eventually moved back home, but not without
help from Jinny and Aunt Milly, another one of Jim\'s sisters.
It was most likely because of his mother\'s death that Paul decided to start playing guitar.
(Davies, 26) He was influenced by the skiffle phase and Bill Haley\'s early rock numbers, but like his
fellow Beatles, he was impressed by Elvis Presley. It wasn\'t until the summer of 1956 that Paul finally
saw the first performance of his future co-lyricist, John Lennon. Paul was the one who showed them the
chords and words to the popular tune, "Twenty Flight Rock."(Davies, 33) His first real performance with
the Quarrymen was at a dance at the Conservative Club in Broadway. A few years later, with the addition
of another guitarist named George Harrison, the group changed their name to Johnny and the Moondogs, a
name thought of at the spur of the moment by the host of a television show at an audition. (Davies, 58)
In 1959, they changed their name to