Ringo Starr in an interview from his California home, stated that the 45 year olf rumors of Paul McCartney’s death are true.
Ringo stated that the real Paul McCartney had died in a car crash on November 9, 1966, after an argument during a Beatles’ recording session. The Beatles replaced McCartney with a guy named William Shears Campbell (possibly responsible for Sgt Pepper,) to spare the Beatles’ fans. Campbell was the winner of a Paul look-a-like contest and had the same jovial personality as Paul did.
Ringo admitted that when Paul died, The Beatles panicked and did not know what to do. It was Brian Epstein’s idea to hire Billy Shears as a temporary solution to the problem. The experiment was supposed to last a few weeks and since nobody noticed, The Beatles kept the rouse going. Billy was a pretty good musician and was actually able to perform better than Paul. There was one problem, Campbell could not get along with John. Ringo adds that the Beatles felt guilty about the rouse, but were afraid to admit the truth. “We felt that the planet would hate us for all the lies.” When the rumors came out, it was too much for John to deal with, so he left the band.
Finally, Ringo claims that he did not want the secret to die with him, since if this is true, he is the only Beatle who remains alive.