Russ Gibb was born on June 15, 1931, and died on April 30, 2019; he was a concert promoter, and media personality from Dearborn, Michigan, adequately known for his role in the Paul is Dead phenomenon, a story he broke as a disc jockey on radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit.
On October 12, 1969, a caller to Detroit radio station WKNR-FM told disc jockey Russ Gibb about the rumour and its clues.
Russ and other callers then discussed the rumour on the air for the next hour. Two days after the WKNR broadcast, The Michigan Daily published a satirical review of Abbey Road by University of Michigan student Fred LaBour under the heading “McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light”.
It classified various clues to McCartney’s death on Beatles album covers, including new clues from the just-released Abbey Road LP.
As LaBour had created many of the clues, he was astonished when the story was picked up by newspapers across the United States.
He further fueled the rumour with a unique two-hour program on the subject, “The Beatle Plot”, which aired on October 19, 1969, and in the years since on Detroit radio.
sadly, Russ Gibb passed away on April 30, 2019; he was 87 years old.