Former Beatle Ringo Starr Claims the “Real” Paul McCartney Died in 1966 and Was Replaced by Look-Alike

Beverly Hills | The former drummer of the Beatles, Ringo Starr, surprised the world this morning during an interview in his luxurious Californian residence when he admitted that the 45-year-old rumors about the alleged death of Paul McCartney in 1966 were actually true.

In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Inquirer, Mr. Starr explained that the “real” Paul McCartney had died in a car crash on November 9, 1966, after an argument during a Beatles’ recording session.

To spare the public from grief, the Beatles replaced him with a man named William Shears Campbell, who was the winner of a McCartney look-alike contest and who happened to have the same kind of jovial personality as Paul.

“When Paul died, we all panicked!” claims Ringo, obviously very emotional. “We didn’t know what to do, and Brian Epstein, our manager, suggested that we hire Billy Shears as a temporary solution. It was supposed to last only a week or two, but time went by and nobody seemed to notice, so we kept playing along. Billy turned out to be a pretty good musician and he was able to perform almost better than Paul. The only problem was that he couldn’t get along with John, at all.”

William Shears Campbell, better known as Billy Shears, does indeed “disappear” from records in 1966 and no traces of him can be found after Paul’s alleged death.


These pictures from 1966 show the great resemblance between Paul McCartney on the left, and William Shears Campbell on the right, at the time of McCartney’s alleged death.

Mr. Starr alleges that the group did send out a lot of hidden messages through the years to prepare the population for the truth.

 He notably says that the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was awash with Paul-is-dead clues: the Beatles had indeed officially formed a “new” band featuring a “fictional” member named Billy Shears, which happened to be the actual name of Paul’s replacement.

“We felt guilty about the deception” added Ringo Starr. “We wanted to tell the world the truth, but we were afraid of the reactions it would provoke. We thought the whole planet was going to hate us for all the lies we had told, so we kept lying but sending subtle clues to relieve our conscience. When the first rumors finally began about the whole thing, we felt very nervous and started fighting a lot with each other. At some point, it was too much for John and he decided to leave the band.”

Ringo Starr claims that he finally decided to tell the truth because he was afraid that it was going to die with him. At age 74, he is the only other surviving member of the famous band besides Paul McCartney, and he was afraid the deception would never be revealed.


According to Ringo Starr, the cover of the Abbey Road album was a hidden message to the world, symbolizing a funeral procession. John Lennon, dressed in white, symbolizes the clergyman. Ringo Starr, dressed in black, symbolizes the undertaker. George Harrison, in denim jeans and shirt, symbolizes the gravedigger and McCartney, barefoot and out of step with other members of the band, symbolizes the corpse.

The rumors of Paul’s death began more than 45 years ago but had always been dismissed as nonsense by the band and its entourage.

In September 1969, American college students published a series of articles in which they claimed that clues to McCartney’s death could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles’ recordings.

Clue-hunting rapidly proved infectious, and within a few weeks, it had become an international phenomenon. Rumors only declined after a contemporary interview with McCartney was published in Life magazine in November 1969.

Neither Paul McCartney nor anyone from his entourage has commented Ringo Starr’s declaration yet, but the interview has already provoked a lot of reactions around the world.

Journalists and paparazzi from around the world have surrounded the residence of the musician only minutes after the interview was broadcasted and are waiting for the star to comment the allegations.

The British MI5 also announced an investigation to determine if an impostor could have indeed posed for 48 years as the Member of the Order of the British Empire, Sir James Paul McCartney, during official ceremonies involving Queen Elizabeth II.

58 Comments on "Former Beatle Ringo Starr Claims the “Real” Paul McCartney Died in 1966 and Was Replaced by Look-Alike"

  1. Is Ringo losing his mind????? Senile maybe???? A blood test and DNA should be taking with Paul’s Brother Mike.

  2. Did Armstrong actually walk on the moon……nothing like conspiracy theories and controversy to keep something in our collective minds… I saw Elvis eating a hamburger in Sydney last week … .

    • TheManfromEsperantujo | February 28, 2015 at 2:24 am |

      Astounding. I saw Elvis eating a fellow named Sydney in Hamburg.

    • douglas imbody | February 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm |

      Yeah man, and it sure was a great burger too. Thank you very!

    • I also heard that Bruce Lee never died and pretended to die to escape the Chinese Triad. He is 74 yo now living somewhere incognito.

    • No, the question is: Did we even GO to the Moon?

    • With or without peanut butter?

    • If Neil Armstrong himself says it, then it should be taken seriously.
      This is not just some fans, this is Ringo saying it.

    • Ros Hadfield | March 4, 2015 at 7:24 am |

      I watched the moon landing at Jackie Lomax’s London flat with my future husband,Chris, Roy Dyke, the future Sharron Hines, Paul Pilnik, (and, I think,) Pete Clarke, and, of course, Jackie himself. I remember we were torn between excitement and scepticism. Or perhaps that was just me.

    • hey,did you see me,i was sitting right next to Elvis,we shared that hamburgar,yummy lol

    • Alfie's Dad | March 7, 2015 at 10:08 am |

      No you didn’t because he was in Bradford all week eating curries.

    • Robert Stevenson | March 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm |

      I heard on the radio that Elvis married Janis Joplin

    • actually elvis drove a cab in cincinatti till he retired a few yrs ago

    • yea I made the burger for elvis, he left me a huge tip

    • Wasn’t he a chinese power ranger, i have a strange fantasy i trained with him in martial arts as a child. But it seems insane.

    • You’re fibbing about seeing Elvis. Your claim is impossible because he was at a mall in Florida that same day, shopping for spandex. Shame on you!

  3. OH NO! Ringo is dead?!?!?!!?

  4. I don’t see how Linda, and Paul’s family, could have gone along with this. Ringo’s just having some fun with everybody.

    • However I agree that Ringo’s a wind-up 😉

    • The rumour says Paul died in 1966…………He didn’t marry Linda until 1969

    • Paul didnt know linda than

    • For the money dear, for a re
      al lot of money

    • Paul and Linda were married in 1969, three years after the alleged death of Paul. His mother died in 1956.

    • pAUL WAS NOT WITH lINDA – he was with Jane Asher at the time

    • he is just having fun with Paul he knows how to get under Paul,S skin.

    • Paul got married in 1965, died and replaced in 1966, divorced in 1967 and remarried a few years after.
      that is the answer for your question

    • Michael J. Pierce MD LLC | May 23, 2015 at 3:45 am |

      Paul was dating Jane Asher at the time. They split up around the time that the “new” Paul showed up. The “old” Paul never met Linda.

    • Ummm.. so you know, linda mcartney was way after the accident.

    • She was in on it because she found out he was an imposter and threatened to go public if she didnt marry him. Why do you think homley Linda got the most wanted husband at the time.Maul thats what the other BeTles called him could only go alon with it

    • Linda Eastman married Paul/Billy….3 years after Sgt. Peppers was released. Paul was seeing Jane Asher, sister of Peter Asher, of the musical duo Peter and Gordon. Paul McCartney wrote and did some background acoustics for the duo.

  5. poor Ringo…..nobody asks about him anymore….

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