History Club hosts ‘Paul is Dead – The Beatles Death Hoax’

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]On Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Clarion University History Department and History Club sponsored “Paul is Dead – The Beatles Death Hoax” in Hart Chapel with host Dr. Todd Pfannestiel.
The event informed the public of the hidden clues and messages that The Beatles left in album covers and songs of famous musician Paul McCartney’s supposed death on Nov. 9, 1966.
In 1969, Pfannestiel said, the hoax began to go mainstream due to a person who called a radio station and suggested that if certain Beatles songs are played backward, hidden clues about McCartney’s death can be found.
Supposedly on Tuesday Nov. 8, 1966, The Beatles were working on a Christmas album and McCartney got upset with the other band members. McCartney allegedly left angry, and the actions after are a mystery.
Supposedly, McCartney was driving fast on a wet road, and the car crashed at 5 a.m. resulting in McCartney to die from severe head wounds. There were several witnesses, police and newspapers to “confirm” this accident.
People’s questions then came to speculate whether or not McCartney actually died, or if The Beatles covered the death up with a McCartney look-a-like or have nothing to do with the allegations of his death.
The Beatles allegedly hired a McCartney look-a-like who could sing: William “Billy” Campbell, who worked at the Ontario Provincial Police Departments, allegedly became McCartney’s replacement.
Pfannestiel said people then became more suspicious when The Beatles announced that there would be no more live concerts on Aug. 29, 1966 an Abbey Road Rooftop session. Another event that aroused suspicion was the separation of McCartney and his fiancée Jane Asher shortly after this “accident.”
Pfannestiel named several visual clues from album covers alone that could have been evidence for the hoax.
Some of the various clues came from the 1967 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover.
On the cover, the album artwork appears to be at a funeral and the numerous faces take away from the main focus of The Beatles. They also added McCartney dummy look-a-likes in the album artwork so people could be sidetracked from the “real McCartney” on the cover.
Another clue Pfannestiel cited on the cover was a bloody glove and Ashton Martin (McCartney’s car) that is hidden on a large doll’s lap. Inside the album, the photo that shows just The Beatles has a questionable patch on the suit worn by McCartney. McCartney’s suit was said to have the letters O.P.P., which stood for Ontario Provincial Police: another clue pointing to Campbell serving as a replacement for McCartney.
Pfannestiel then continued the presentation with almost 20 songs with supposed hidden clues from the songs backmasking, playing the song backward and getting hidden messages, and forward.
In one song, “Getting Better – A Little Better All the Time” when reversed, the lyrics can be heard to be “Wahhhh! After all, Paul is dead…He lost his head.”
Another hint lies in the song “All You Need is Love” in the actual lyrics when they said, “We loved you, yeah, yeah, yeah,” which could have been a clue of past tense talking about McCartney’s death. In “Strawberry Fields,” John Lennon is said to have sang “cranberry sauce” but when backwards it might sound like “I buried Paul.”
Other songs containing supposed clues include:  “Blue Jay Way,” “Your Mother Should Know,” “I’m so Tired” and “Revolution No. 9.”
Sophomore Carlie Leaman said, “I thought it was very interesting, but I’m not all bought [into] the fact that he died. I think it was more of something that people, including The Beatles, fed into, but Dr. Pfannestiel was very informative of these claims.”
Pfannestiel concluded the presentation by telling the audience, “It is up to you to decide.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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