The Walrus Was Paul - The Great Beatle Death Clues of 1969
One of the wildest rumors to ever sweep the US happened in the fall of 1969. Disc jockeys across the country began pointing to so-called "clues" on Beatle albums that suggested Paul McCartney was dead. The story goes that Paul McCartney had died in a mysterious automobile accident in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike, by the remaining Beatles. As crazy as it sounds, that rumor really took hold in America.
Author R. Gary Patterson has chronicled that amazing, but brief period in rock'n'roll history with a book titled, The Walrus was Paul, The Great Beatle Death Clues of 1969
The very idea that the Beatles would put "clues" in their songs and on their album jackets is ridiculous, isn't it? Maybe, just maybe, it isn't so ridiculous.
Q - When did the rumor take hold?
A - October 12, 1969. It was during 'Abbey Road'. There are so many disc jockeys who claim to be the first to break the rumor, or who designed which clues. It's almost impossible to say this is the beginning. But, (d.j.) Russ Gibb gets credit for being the one to actually go on and confront Peter Asher and Allen Klein with F. Lee Bailey. He's definitely the figurehead behind it, in my estimation. So, this was started in October of 1969, and the clues would pre-date that, which I think is really strange. A lot of d.j.'s will take a look at the line from 'Glass Onion', "Here's another clue for you all, The Walrus was Paul." This was to suggest they were teasing their fans. They'd heard these death rumors that Paul is dead and they were just gonna throw out little clues to tease 'em. But, you gotta remember, The White Album was released in '68 and there were no rumors of any clues until 1969. So, how can you have another clue, when another clue isn't even suggested until a year later?
Q - You discovered that Paul McCartney was involved in an automobile accident on November 9, 1966. Is that correct?
A - The rumor was, that Paul was involved in an automobile accident sometime in November of 1966. It's in three other books. In William Dowldings' "Beatle Songs" he mentions the date also. If the legend is true, and off course when you search out any legend you have to go to some kind of common ground to say is there anything that makes us look at this date as preposterous as it sounds that maybe it could've happened. So, what we do is basically take what we know and in three sources they mention an accident in early November. We also know that because of the clue on the back of Sgt. Peppers where George is pointing to the first line of 'She's Leaving Home', "Wednesday Morning at 5 o'clock"; that it would be one of the Wednesdays of the month. So, coincidentally, November 9, 1966 is a Wednesday. It fits into the pattern.