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Beginnings {{#invoke:Listen|main}} A rumour that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash circulated in London after a January 1967 traffic accident involving his car.<ref>Yoakum, Jim. "The Man Who Killed Paul McCartney" Gadfly May/June 2000</ref> The rumour was acknowledged and rebutted in the February issue of The Beatles Book fanzine,<ref>"Beatle News" The Beatles Book February 1967</ref> but it is not known whether the rumour of 1969 is related to it.<ref name=moriarty>Moriarty, Brian (1999) Who Buried Paul?, lecture</ref> In the autumn of 1969, the Beatles, having just released their Abbey Road album, were in the process of disbanding; McCartney's public engagements were few and he was spending time at his Scottish retreat with his new wife Linda to contemplate his forthcoming solo career.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref name=neary/>

On 17 September 1969 the Drake Times-Delphic, the student newspaper of Drake University in Iowa, published an article titled "Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?" The article described a rumour that had been circulating on campus that Paul was dead. At that point the rumour included numerous clues from recent Beatles albums, including the "turn me on, dead man" message heard when "Revolution 9" from the White Album is played backwards.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In wire reports published as early as 11 October, Beatles press officer Derek Taylor responded to the rumour saying "Recently we've been getting a flood of inquiries asking about reports that Paul is dead. We've been getting questions like that for years, of course, but in the past few weeks we've been getting them at the office and home night and day. I'm even getting telephone calls from disc jockeys and others in the United States."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


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