Conspiracy theories have been circulating since before the 19th century. Honestly, knowing humans, probably even longer. Some of these conspiracies really make for some controversial legacies (flat Earth, anyone?). Combining this with our fascination with celebrities’ lives and their downfall , we’ve concocted some weird theories. Throw the dark world of music in there, and you might as well have made Snow White’s poison apple. From Illuminati associations to animal body parts, here are the weird conspiracies in music.
Sir James Paul McCartney is an English songwriter and co-lead vocalist and bassist for the Beatles. Although McCartney sang live in 2018 and 2019 for his Freshen Up Tour, some believe this wasn’t the original Beatle. Conspiracy theorists claim the real McCartney died in 1966 in a car crash. To hide the tragedy, the Beatles asked an imposter, Billy Shears, to take McCartney’s place. These claims started when someone read into the lyrics of the Beatles songs as hints of McCartney’s death. In October 1969, an unknown caller called into the WKNR radio show. They explained that the words “Turn me on, dead man” from the song “Number Nine, Number Nine,” and “I buried Paul” from “Strawberry Fields Forever” confirmed McCartney was dead.
More clues and justifications surfaced. For example, when the album cover of “Abbey Road” was released, fans pointed out that McCartney held a cigarette in his right hand. The real McCartney is left-handed. Fans also claimed he looked out of step with the other band members. In the song “Glass Onion,” John Lennon sings, “Well, here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul.” Fans assumed “walrus” is Greek for a corpse, and this was another clue McCartney was dead.