2003 – Red Hot Chili Pepper singer Anthony Kiedis signs a deal with Hyperion Books to write his life story. The book has the tentative title of Scar Tissue.
1975 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “You’re No Good,” Linda Ronstadt. . “You’re No Good” is a song written by the late Clint Ballard, Jr. The song was first recorded in 1963 by female soul singer Dee Dee Warwick, followed in a matter of weeks by a version by Betty Everett. While Warwick’s […]
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Batman #222 (June 1970). Cover by Neal Adams.
Batman #222 (June 1970). Cover by Neal Adams.
* The June 1970 issue of the DC Comics title Batman, written by Frank Robbins, parodied the rumour with a story entitled “Dead…Till Proven Alive”, in which it is rumored that “Saul” from the band the Oliver Twists was deceased and replaced with a double. A twist ending revealed that an accident had killed every member of the Oliver Twists but Saul. The album that Robin is holding on the cover of the comic book mimics the back cover image on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
* WMCA radio released a pinback promotional button for their station that read “Paul Lives WMCA Swings”.
* The Rutles, a parody of The Beatles, included a couple of “Paul is dead” parodies.
* The 1972 National Lampoon Album, Radio Diner, featured a short track that, when played backwards, has a voice that sounds like Paul saying, “I’m Dead!”
* A 1983 Saturday Night Live sketch with Eddie Murphy claiming he was the original fifth Beatle spoofed the backward message..
* The Simpsons television show has included many references to it. When McCartney guest-starred on The Simpsons in “Lisa the Vegetarian”, he claimed there was a vegetarian hidden message in “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Over the closing credits the song played with a backmasked lentil soup recipe. At the end, he says “Oh, and by the way, I’m alive.” Also, on one of The Simpsons’ annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes, McCartney’s name appears on a grave seen in the opening.
* John Safran’s Music Jamboree contains a segment about the conspiracy, followed by a mock George Harrison-is-dead conspiracy, following Harrison’s death in 2001.
* The Onion’s Our Dumb Century collection includes a fake headline from January 21, 1981, that reads, “Secret Album-Cover Clues Reveal John Lennon Is Dead.”
* In the film Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks’s character, Sam Baldwin, comes home to find his son, Jonah, listening to an album and declaring “Dad, this is incredible. If you play it backward it says ‘Paul is dead.'”
* In episode 819 of the series Mystery Science Theater 3000, a record player runs backward in a scene of the movie Invasion of the Neptune Men. Crow quips “Paul is a dead man! Miss him! Miss him!”.
* In October 1974, the National Lampoon Radio Hour aired a skit titled “Rip Van Ripple” which told the story of a reporter picking-up a hippie hitchhiker who had gotten wasted in 1966 and passed out for 8 years.
Hitchhiker: Hey, is Paul McCartney still dead?
Reporter: No, he’s alive again.
* The Star Trek Customizable Card Game Alternative Universe expansion set’s “Paul Rice” card reads “daed si luaP” (“Paul is Dead” backwards) next to the copyright information.
* A deleted scene in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story has Jack Black as Paul and he says “Of course I remember, I’m not dead, or am I?”
* In a 1987 edition of American Top 40, host Casey Kasem revisited the “Paul Is Dead” era as a related story to the Bananarama song “I Heard a Rumour”. The following year, Dick Clark featured a similar story on Rock, Roll and Remember.
* An extended version of the theme to the animated sitcom King Of The Hill features a few seconds of silence at the end, followed by Dale Gribble saying “Hank is a dead man. Miss him, miss him.”
* The Batman Adventures Annual 2 from 1995, written by Paul Dini, features Ra’s al Ghul saying an incantation in order to summon the demon Hahhk. Each phrase is a pop culture reference written backwards, among them “Luap Deirub I!” or “I Buried Paul!”
* Many bands have referenced the rumour in their music:
o SR-71 released a song called “Paul McCartney” on their debut album Now You See Inside which references that Paul is dead.
o The Union Underground wrote a song called “Turn Me On, Mr. Dead Man”, a reference to the “Revolution 9” clue “Turn me on, dead man”.
o “You Turn Me On”, a song by Beat Happening, contains the lyrics “Turn me on, dead man,” repeated multiple times throughout the chorus.
o Game Theory released a song called “Turn Me On, Dead Man” on their album Lolita Nation.
o “December Is for Cynics” by the band The Matches contains the lyrics “But Snopes.com said if you play/’Strawberry Fields’ the wrong way/You can hear Lennon’s ghost say/’I buried Paul.'”
o Icelandic teenage-band Retro Stefson wrote a song “Paul is dead” referring to the rumours.
1952 – Rush drummer Neal Peart is born this day in rock Awesome history! Neil Peart (pronounced /?p??rt/) OC, (born Neil Ellwood Peart, September 12, 1952, Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian musician and author. He is best-known as the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada […]
1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz (pronounced Haium) on August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-born American hard rock bass guitarist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as “The Demon,” his blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging persona in the hard rock band Kiss, an […]
Mick JaggerAKA Michael Philip Jagger
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Executive summary: Lead singer of the Rolling Stones
Father: Joe Jagger (school teacher, b. 1912, d. 11-Nov-2006 pneumonia)
Mother: Eva Jagger (b. 1913, d. 18-May-2000)
Brother: Chris Jagger (lead singer of Atcha, b. 5-Aug-1949)
Wife: Bianca Jagger (m. 12-May-1971, div. 1979, one daughter)
Wife: Jerry Hall (dated 1976-90, m. 21-Nov-1990, annulled 13-Aug-1999, two daughters, two sons)
Girlfriend: Chrissie Shrimpton (model, dated 1963-66)
Girlfriend: Marianne Faithfull (dated 1964-70)
Girlfriend: Marsha Hunt (actress, dated 1969-70, one daughter)
Girlfriend: Carla Bruni (model, dated 1992)
Girlfriend: Jana Rajlich (model, dated 1996)
Girlfriend: Luciana Gimenez Morad (model, dated 1998-99, one son)
Girlfriend: Vanessa Neuman (South American heiress, dated 1999)
Girlfriend: Sophie Dahl (model, granddaughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal, dated early 2000s)
Girlfriend: Luann Bambrough (“L’Wren Scott”, model, dated 2004-)
Slept with: David Bowie (rock’n’roller)
Slept with: Bebe Buell (model)
Slept with: Janice Dickinson (model)
Slept with: Mackenzie Phillips (actress)
Daughter: Karis Jagger (backstage film worker, b. 4-Nov-1970 with Marsha Hunt)
Daughter: Jade Jagger (jewelry designer, b. 21-Oct-1971 with Bianca Jagger)
Daughter: Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger (model, b. 2-Mar-1984 with Jerry Hall)
Son: James Leroy Augustin Jagger (model, b. 1986 with Jerry Hall)
Daughter: Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger (b. 1993 with Jerry Hall)
Son: Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger (b. 1997 with Jerry Hall)
Son: Lucas Morad-Jagger (b. 1999 with Luciana Gimenez Morad)
University: London School of Economics
The Rolling Stones Lead singer
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Knight of the British Empire 2002
Public Urination 18-Mar-1965
Drug Possession: Amphetamine West Wittering, Sussex, England 12-Feb-1967, conviction reversed on appeal
Drug Possession: Marijuana London, England 28-May-1969
Drug Possession: Marijuana 18-Jul-1972
Assault Rhode Island 18-Jul-1972
Risk Factors: Marijuana
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Shine a Light (7-Feb-2008) Himself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (17-Jun-2003) Himself
America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) Himself
The Man from Elysian Fields (13-Sep-2001)
Moonwalker (16-Dec-1988) Himself
Live Aid (13-Jul-1985) Himself
Let’s Spend the Night Together (11-Feb-1983) Himself
Burden of Dreams (30-May-1982)
Jimi Hendrix (10-Oct-1973) Himself
Gimme Shelter (06-Dec-1970) Himself
Ned Kelly (07-Oct-1970)
Sympathy for the Devil (30-Nov-1968) Himself