That nutty theory that Paul McCartney died and was replaced in 1966

Posted on 28 Jul 2015


This weekend I saw a really amazing Beatles tribute, the Classical Mystery tour with the SF Symphony. Tony Kishman is an uncanny Paul. So much so that I started to wonder…

Uncanny. Just listen to him! Wait, that’s not Paul? Nope. Tony plays right handed, Paul McCartney is a lefty. But wait… if Kishman can sound so much like Paul, then … is Paul really Paul?

The theory, supposedly started by a writer on a college campus back in the day, is that Paul died in 1966 and was replaced. Here are interviews with Paul in 1966 and 1967.

Paul apparently had a rounder face. Other claims are that he was shorter, had a different nose and a narrower inner mouth with more crooked teeth.


Here’s the original Paul with the round face and amazing dead on pitch voice. 

In the end, I think the current Paul McCartney is amazing enough that it doesn’t matter. As Paul said of Tony Kishman, “He’s a very good musician and I wish him well.”

Posted in: History, Music, Strange