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William Shears Campbell is a fictional Paul McCartney look-alike whose purported existence arose from the fevered efforts of conspiracy theorists to find significance in album photos and hidden musical messages during the Paul is Dead hoax in the late 1960s.

According to this urban legend, a William Campbell won a "Paul look-alike" contest in 1966 and was induced to impersonate Paul after Paul died. In fact such contests were held, but no William Campbell ever won one.

In October 1969, Russ Gibbs, program coordinator for radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit, began a baseless rumor that Paul McCartney had been killed and replaced by a look-alike. Beatles fans scoured the Beatles' albums for hidden "clues" confirming this, and, demonstrating the human capacity to find meaning where no meaning exists, located dozens of "confirming" nuggets of information. These morsels were concocted together into one more-or-less cohesive tale: that the real Paul, killed by a banana lorry, had been replaced by an actor named either William Campbell or Billy Shears, who had undergone plastic surgery in order to effect a perfect likeness, and who had previously won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest. The letters "OPD," appearing on a costume in a photograph on the Sgt Pepper album were interpreted variously as standing for "Officially Pronounced Dead" and an indication that Billy Campbell had worked in the Ontario Police Department.

The badge on Paul's arm in the Sgt Pepper's album is that of the Ontario Provincial Police. The badge does not contain the lettering "OPD" but rather "OPP". Most Canadians would recognize this at first glance.

Also on Sgt. Pepper, "Billy Shears" is the name of the lead singer for the fictional Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that the Beatles were originally planning to "play" on the album. Though this concept was largely discarded, the end of the title track includes a lyric referring to the "one and only Billy Shears," played by Ringo Starr, who sings the lead vocal on the next song, "With A Little Help From My Friends."


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Though this concept was largely discarded, the end of the title track includes a lyric referring to the "one and only Billy Shears," played by Ringo Starr, who sings the lead vocal on the next song, "With A Little Help From My Friends.". He died from a cerebral haemorrhage in Van Nuys, California. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that the Beatles were originally planning to "play" on the album. Donald Crisp has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Motion Pictures, at 1620 Vine St. Pepper, "Billy Shears" is the name of the lead singer for the fictional Sgt. He was married to the screenwriter Jane Murfin from 1932 until 1944. Also on Sgt. His more than 150 films include Broken Blossoms (1919), The Black Pirate (1926), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), Lassie Come Home (1943), The Uninvited (1944), National Velvet (1944)The Valley of Decision (1945) Pollyanna (1960) and Greyfriars Bobby (1961).

Most Canadians would recognize this at first glance. With the advent of talking pictures, Crisp established a career as a versatile character actor, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Welsh father in How Green Was My Valley (1941). The badge does not contain the lettering "OPD" but rather "OPP". Although he directed his last film in 1930, the Directors Guild of America voted him a Life Member Award in 1957. The badge on Paul's arm in the Sgt Pepper's album is that of the Ontario Provincial Police. During the silent film era, he also directed comedy films, and dramas such as the 1916 version of Ramona. The letters "OPD," appearing on a costume in a photograph on the Sgt Pepper album were interpreted variously as standing for "Officially Pronounced Dead" and an indication that Billy Campbell had worked in the Ontario Police Department. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation in 1915.

Beatles fans scoured the Beatles' albums for hidden "clues" confirming this, and, demonstrating the human capacity to find meaning where no meaning exists, located dozens of "confirming" nuggets of information. These morsels were concocted together into one more-or-less cohesive tale: that the real Paul, killed by a banana lorry, had been replaced by an actor named either William Campbell or Billy Shears, who had undergone plastic surgery in order to effect a perfect likeness, and who had previously won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest. W. In October 1969, Russ Gibbs, program coordinator for radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit, began a baseless rumor that Paul McCartney had been killed and replaced by a look-alike. Born George William Crisp in London, England, he began his film acting career in 1908, and appeared in D. In fact such contests were held, but no William Campbell ever won one. Donald Crisp (July 27, 1880 – May 25, 1974) was a film actor and director. According to this urban legend, a William Campbell won a "Paul look-alike" contest in 1966 and was induced to impersonate Paul after Paul died.

William Shears Campbell is a fictional Paul McCartney look-alike whose purported existence arose from the fevered efforts of conspiracy theorists to find significance in album photos and hidden musical messages during the Paul is Dead hoax in the late 1960s.

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