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Different Early Pauls 1959-1963

Different Early Pauls 1959-1963

Postby Silversong » Sat May 30, 2015 4:33 am

This is from a thread which began in 2011 at CTRN, compiled by one of our colleagues. It's been noted that some of these photos, as with any we come across in our research, have been or may have been enhanced for visual clarity. That is not to say they've been doctored or tampered with to change any features. If such a thing were to happen, why wouldn't they make them look identical instead of different in so many ways? To the people who laugh and say these differences are just lighting, lenses and camera angles, please show us how and in what way this is happening. We have gone to a lot of trouble on many different threads to show these differences all with the same lighting, distances and angles, so please show us how it is just a technical issue. Yes, there are times when lighting can 'cause' a difference, but it cannot change a height, nor can it change an earlobe or teeth, nor can any of the other technicalities do so. How would hardware and stage equipment affect the performance style, the ability to be rhythmic or not, as well as the personality and temperament of any of these Pauls?

Starting with the earliest known photographs of John, George & Paul performing as the Silver Beatles. Here they are in May 1960 auditioning for Larry Parnes. This Paul has been identified as having a "somber" demeanor and low-key personality.
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We think this is a close-up view. We see he has thin, evenly arched eyebrows that wrap all the way around his eyes, reaching the sides of his head. He has a crimped mouth and a wide, rounded chin, which also appears long. He seems to have a narrow nose with nostrils that flare when he sings.
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^This 'somber' Paul rarely smiles or shows much emotion at all. He seems to always be spaced out and generally unenthused.^
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Here is another often-seen Paul from 1960. He is similar to 'somber' Paul, but the most noticeable difference is his low, flat, un-arched eyebrows that fade out before reaching the sides of his head.
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His nose is more ski-jump shaped, with a more-pointed tip. He also seems to be able to express emotion. He might even have somewhat of a sense of humor.

^Both of these Pauls seem to be anywhere from .5 to 1.5 inches taller than John & George. And they both were quickly phased out after the Beatles went to Hamburg (which was in October 1960). Unfortunately there are so few photos and no known film footage of them before 1963, making it difficult to conduct a thorough investigation.
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Re: Different Early Pauls 1959-1962

Postby Silversong » Sat May 30, 2015 4:46 am

Then we also have a one-time glimpse of this 3rd Paul In 1960. These photos were allegedly taken by their friend Astrid at some point after they arrived in Hamburg, (which is when they also changed their name to just The Beatles). This Paul has a long narrow face, a pointed right eyebrow and a much different mouth. (I also personally think his ears look incredibly smaller than usual, and quite unnatural.)
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The rest of the set contains only John, George and Stuart. Where did this new Paul come from? The one with the train is seen in the Beatles Anthology documentary from 1995 and has the figures fade into the image.
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So, there appears to be 2 different Pauls in 1960 and a possible 3rd.

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By fall 1960 The Beatles have become a nightly act in the Hamburg music scene. We now see what seems to be a new Paul that seems to be a perfect hybrid of 'somber' Paul and the other lower-browed Paul. He was the most often seen Paul of 1961.
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This one seems to have more personality and his face has gotten a little more appealing. His eyebrows are low, but arched. He too, seems a little bit taller than John. The first picture on the top left is something we've commented on before. It looks like it was pieced together from two separate photos.
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This could also be him in 1960. And in Feb. ‘61.
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Re: Different Early Pauls 1959-1962

Postby Silversong » Sat May 30, 2015 5:39 am

Then, sometime in the spring of 1961 another new Paul was phased into The Beatles.
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He has long slender legs with a short square torso, he is about the same height as John and George. Both of his eyebrows are low set, and pointed rather than arched. He has a short pug nose and his ears are set very high. He usually always has a smart-alecky, smirky sneer and acts wild on stage.
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^ He seemed to stick around for quite awhile. He is also present in some tv appearances and promo shots in 1962-63^
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Then, around November 1961 we see a 3rd new Paul. He is the tallest so far, more rounded and somewhat pear-shaped and always acting very goofy. He has a fully swooped right brow while his left eyebrow is only slightly arched.
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He was always clowning around, with a dopey facial expression.
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is the bottom-left photo an early PID clue?
^He seemed like the life of the party so it's, too bad he only lasted a few months.^

There seems to be 3 different Pauls in 1961, their first year in Hamburg. If you add these to the 3 from 1960, we now have a total of 6 different Pauls from 1960-1961.
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Re: Different Early Pauls 1959-1962

Postby Silversong » Sat May 30, 2015 5:43 am

In 1962 we’re either seeing another new Paul, or the same predominant Paul from ‘61. Either way, here he seems much more refined. Friendly, good mannered, sharp looks and a more well-rounded personality, and seems more confident on stage and in public.
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His height seems to fluctuate a little, but with so few photos it’s hard to tell for sure. Again, I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt and assume this is all the same individual in all of these collages from 1962.
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This is the Paul that signed with EMI/ Parlaphone Records in June 1962 and saw Ringo join the band in August.
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We see the same thin, fully-arched eyebrows, but he is cuter than the previous Pauls and seems to have great stage charisma.

Here is a video of them playing at the Cavern Club in 1962; their oldest video recording.


So, by the time they signed to EMI/ Parlaphone there were already at least 6 Pauls, if not more.

Some people say you can tell when The Beatles changed to The Featles because of their different clothing and hairstyles. What about what they wore in Hamburg, then the Cavern Club, before their suits and longer hair? Going by that, there would be at least three different sets of Beatles before 1964.

I hope to present the different Pauls of 1963 before long, which will be a new addition to this thread since CTRN and FFD. That's when the Paul we termed "hyper" shows up. He was always laughing and giggling on stage; laughing at his mistakes, John's mistakes, etc. His stage movements were fast and repetitious, as I will show when I gather the videos together, hoping there are still enough of them online to find.
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Re: Different Early Pauls 1959-1963

Postby Silversong » Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:01 am

The Advent of The shorter Paul McCartney of early 1963
Shortly (no pun intended) after they began recording with Parlaphone, another new Paul is brought onto the scene. Notice that he's shorter than usual - noticeably shorter than John & George. Seems about an inch taller than Ringo, putting him at about 5'8" to 5'9". It could be possible he was as short as 5'6", but at any rate, he did not get this small by removing shoe lifts that had been worn previously. His arms, legs and torso are noticeably shorter than the taller Pauls, and shoe lifts do not affect those areas.
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He seems to be the most well-mannered and friendly Paul yet. Keeping in mind they were being groomed and preened by Epstein. To me, he even looks shorter than Ringo here, which is why I think at times he could've been 5'6".
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So, by the time their Please, Please Me LP was released in March 1963, there were at least 7 Pauls.
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Very amiable with the fans.
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Here they are in the same photo-shoot from a slightly different angle. As you can see neither John or Ringo is standing on a phone book or anything. Although, notice that it seems Paul is wearing high-soles.
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Interesting, because most performing Pauls were around 5’11”. And that's how he is, more or less, from 1964, on.
Notice his big head, as well. which PID says only "Faul" had.
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Here are scans from a vintage mags, that look like they're from the same time frame of the Swedish ad. If he's now wearing shoe lifts, as certain theories go, how are his arms, legs and torso suddenly longer, too? Those are some magical lifts!
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Llinks to vintage scans: http://jojoplace.org/Shoebox/James_Paul ... 765009.jpg
http://jojoplace.org/Shoebox/James_Paul ... 765003.jpg
^See how much taller Paul & George are all of a sudden. Their arms, legs and torso are longer, too.
compared to this photo.

Here is the back of a vintage Help! album cover. See how tall Paul & George are?
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And he's barefoot, no shoe-lifts. And George is wearing sandals. If they could be this tall in 1965, then the tall Paul & George in 1963 must not be wearing shoe lifts either.
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See how he is 4-5 inches taller than Ringo, when just a couple years earlier he was about the same height, or shorter in the Swedish radio ad?

All the Beatles in sandals, and Paul is the tallest. Muhammad Ali is 6'3", Paul is about 4 inches shorter than Ali putting him at about 5'11" in sandals in 1964!
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Re: Different Early Pauls 1959-1963

Postby bandi » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:55 am

Silversong wrote:He was always clowning around, with a dopey facial expression.
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There seems to be 3 different Pauls in 1961, their first year in Hamburg. If you add these to the 3 from 1960, we now have a total of 6 different Pauls from 1960-1961.

In the above quote, have a look at the hairline of Paul in the upper right pic, the one with his eyes closed as he's smiling, and compare it to the larger pic on the left. Look at the hairline where the bangs are on George. If you look closely, you can see that the bangs are exactly alike in the two George pics, as if they were taken very closely together in time. Now look at the Paul in the larger pic and look at his bangs--see how close they are to his eyebrows ? Look at the one on the right--he is showing more skin on his forehead because the bangs are shorter.

Did he get a haircut in between sets that night ?
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Re: Different Early Pauls 1959-1963

Postby Silversong » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:50 am

Even in the next picture down when they're showing full length, his bangs are shorter again. It could 'possibly' be that he was shaking his head a LOT, and his hair lost its sideways flow, but since we believe there were at least 3 Pauls that year anyway, anything is possible.

I also believe I saw two different Pauls on an Ed Sullivan Show, either in 1964 or 1965. I'll see if I can track that down at one of the other forums where I may have posted it.
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