The day that Buddy Holly dies has been immortalised in history and is now known as “The day that music died” thanks to Don McLean’s 1971 hit American Pie but what really happened? There is no doubt that he died in a plane crash that took place in 1959 on February 3rd in a field in Iowa. According to the official reports the plane was crashed due it’s inexperienced pilot, a 21-year-old man named Roger Peterson. The poor weather conditions were too difficult for him to deal with and as such he lost control and crashed the plane of which there were no survivors.
Theorists however aren’t happy with this rather mundane explanation that tore Holly from his life at just 22 years of age. Though they don’t tend to show the star in a particularly fond light. The theories revolve around a supposed discovery of gun that was supposedly owned by Holly not far from the crash site. Further speculation seems to have turned up supposed proof that there were even possible bullet holes in the back of the pilot’s seat, a possibility only fuelled by the fact that supposedly two of the chambers were empty in the gun. The plot thickens! Several possible stories surround this evidence, some involving Holly’s gun accidentally going off, some involving him firing the thing. Who knows what really happened up there? An autopsy on the pilot later confirmed that he died as a result of major internal injuries, not a bullet wound. Still this hasn’t stopped many more theories since.
“Who is Billy Shears?” I hear you cry. Well I’m sure there are many avid Beatles fans out there that already know where I’m heading with this one. Billy Shears is the theorised replacement for none other than Paul McCartney. That’s right, according to this wacky but surviving conspiracy theory Paul McCartney is dead. Story goes that he died sometime before the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in a car accident. It’s allegedly referred to in several of their songs since it happened. The line “he blew his mind out in a car” from the song A Day in the Life refers to the incident of his death. Billy Sheers is a name that’s sung in With a Little Help From my Friends and is a man that looks so much like Paul McCartney, sounds so much like Paul McCartney that nobody would notice that it wasn’t actually Paul McCartney. Another clue in this ever-unravelling mystery is the cover for the infamous album Abbey Road. This is the cover in which the four members are walking over a zebra crossing, it purportedly represents Pauls funeral. Paul is dressed in a suit with bare feet symbolising the corpse, John wears a white suit and represents the priest, George is wearing casual denim, he plays the undertaker and finally Ringo in his black suit aims to show a mourner. What’s so bizarre about this one is that it’s actually the band themselves that are supposed to be sharing these clues with us, locked in by their record label. It’s outlandish to be sure, but who knows if it’s true? Only Ringo and Paul, or should I say Billy?