When it comes to albums with the most talked about clues in the legendary Paul is Dead rumour, there is a hands down winner. It’s the one that came out right around the same the rumour got started in the first place, September 1969, after an article on the subject appeared in a Des Moines Iowa University newspaper. Look to the classic cover of Abbey Road, for what’s been construed as a funeral procession, there’s John dressed all in white as the priest; Ringo in black as the undertaker; Paul barefoot as the corpse, and George Harrison following as the gravedigger.
McCartney was also out of step with the others, with eyes closed, surely all pointing to his death and the fact that he’d been replaced. After all in the same picture, there’s Paul holding a cigarette with his right hand, but he’s left-handed, furthering the possibility of an impostor! How about the Volkswagen Beetle in the background with the license plate LMW 28-I-F. LMW was taken to mean ‘Linda McCartney weeps’, and 28-IF interpreted as referring to Paul’s age if he had lived. That said, when Abbey Road came out in 1969 he was actually 27.