Because 1969 was such an eventful year, a lot of 50th anniversary commemorations are happening, including the last months of The Beatles.
One of the goofier stories from Beatles history is the great Paul-is-Dead conspiracy which alleged that Macca died in a car crash in 1966 and replaced by an impostor named Billy Shears. Everything we’ve been told since ’66 has been a lie.
Some of the earlier source material came from the Times-Delphic student newspaper at Drake University in a 1969 story entitled “Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?”
Those stories were amplified by a Detroit radio dude named Russ Gibb.
Gibb hammered away at the “conspiracy,” fueling the fire with the tinfoil hat crowd. (Gibb died earlier this year at the age of 87.)