Back in the late 60’s before such time as the 27 club was really a “thing”, one musician inadvertently stumbled into a hoax and should be included as an honorary member of the club. It should be noted here that this musician is still alive and well and at this point can be regarded as the Dean of the rock and roll movement being named by The Guinness Book of World Records as “the most successful composer and recording artist of all time”.
This is all well and good and the hoax is well documented in books by Andru J. Reeve, R. Gary Patterson and Steven Radice among others but the reason I am nominating Paul for honorary membership in “The 27 Club” is one “clue” on the Abbey Road album cover. Much has been written about the Abbey Road cover with its symbolic positioning and garb of the band and what it represents but what I am referring to is the license plate on the VW bug in the left side of the picture. The license plate which was reportedly made by Paul and Alistair Taylor (Brian Epstein's personal assistant) reads “28 IF” referring to the notion that in the hoax, if Paul had lived, he would have been 28 when Abbey Road was released. In other words, Paul inadvertently and fictitiously fixed his death at age 27 well before “the 27 club” was even imagined and several years prior to the deaths of Jimi, Janis, and Jim.
Coincidence; or just a thing to make you go hmmmmm.