What are the ‘clues’ to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ conspiracy theory on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover?
Conspiracy theorists looked at the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover for “clues” indicating Paul McCartney had died three years before.
The Beatles’ Abbey Road album debuted at No. 1 in the UK charts 52 years ago today. The photograph of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr crossing a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios is one of the most renowned in music history. On August 8, 1969, at 11:35 a.m., Paul came up with the concept, and photographer Iain Macmillan had just 10 minutes to picture The Beatles from a stepladder while a policeman slowed traffic.
Paul chose his favorite of the six photos for the Abbey Road album cover.
Fans will notice a parked Volkswagen Beetle in the backdrop of the photo, which belonged to folks who lived in a flat near the recording facilities.
They had their number plate stolen a few times after the album was published, so they decided to sell the automobile at auction.
Since its debut in 1969, the album has been scrutinized by proponents of the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy theory, which claims that The Beatles legend died in 1966 and was replaced by a doppelgänger.
The number plate on the Volkswagen Beetle, LMW 281F, allegedly refers to the fact that Paul would be 28 years old if he were still alive.
While LMW was thought to stand for Linda McCartney Weeps, a reference to Paul’s wife, Linda McCartney, whom he married that year.
If that wasn’t enough, “clues” were allegedly discovered based on the clothing worn by The Beatles on the Abbey Road album cover.
It’s been suggested that John Lennon, dressed in white, portrayed a priest, while Ringo Starr, dressed in black, represented an undertaker.
Behind Ringo stands Paul McCartney, barefoot and dressed as the dead body of the actual Paul McCartney.
At the back, George Harrison is clad in double denim, ostensibly the gravedigger’s work gear.
With the cover of his 1993 live album Paul is Live, Paul parodied the conspiracy theory.
In 1969, The Beatles began work on their final album, Let It Be, which was released in 1970.
Next month, Disney+ will release a three-part documentary miniseries on the Let It Be sessions.
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