According to most accounts, America went crazy in 1969 shortly after October 12, 1969 when radio personality Russ Gibb received a phone call from a listener. As most parts of the world shrugged off the story, the American market became flooded with magazines, novelty records and news stories trumpeting the rumors of the death of Paul McCartney.
Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for references to "Paul Is Dead" to appear in the culture.
You have all seen the cover to Batman Issue #222 from June, 1970.
That same year, the topic of hidden messages in rock music started working its way into the plots of television shows. One of the best examples was "It Takes A Thief" starring veteran actor Robert Wagner. The episode featured the hot property pop group the 5th Dimension.
Here is the episode synopsis from TV.com
Episode 62. To Sing a Song of Murder
First aired: 2/23/1970
Mr. Jack assigned Al to keep an eye on a rock group that just toured the country of Rugeria. After the group left Rugeria, Marilyn Lee, the group's lead singer, and a close friend of Al's, was supposedly killed in a plane crash, her body burned up without a trace. Al was one of the last people to see her alive. Later, she turns up very much alive at Al's apartment, where she tells Al that when she died, she couldn't find a place to live! She tells Al that the Rugerian Secret Service blackmailed her into adding three chords into her last recording. In the meantime, Mr. Jack discovers that there is a plot to assassinate the Rugerian president, who just announced a 25 year co-existence pact with the U.S., upon his arrival in the U.S. Back at his apartment, Al figures out that the three chords added to the song are actually a sonic trigger that when played will shatter, and detonate, a bomb that is made out of a glass sculpture. Al has to get to the hotel were the president is staying and find the bomb before it goes off!
The song being promoted in the show was "Puppet Man." Notice the Beatles Poster on the wall behind the beautiful Marilyn McCoo.
At a critical point of the episode when it appeared that singer Marilyn Lee (McCoo) had died in a plane crash, the camera zoomed in and out on the face of Paul McCartney on that poster.
I don't know if Iamaphoney is a symptom of this or the cause of this, but in the past year, the "Paul Is Dead" myth cropped up again in American culture. During the presidential primaries, Republican Party candidate Mike Huckabee was accused of including a subliminal reference to Jesus Christ in a political ad wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Huckabee's defense to the most ironic accusation in 2000 years can be found in this YouTube video.
The furor produced one on the weirdest scrolling messages I have ever seen during an interview with another unsuccessful republican candidate. (Pictured below)
It appears that "Paul Is Dead" is alive and well in 2008 as evidenced by more grandfather aleister and joshbluish videos on YouTube.
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