Case in point. First, view this video of Faul telling us that one celebrity was left off of the Sgt. Pepper cover art, so first watch this...
O.K., so the guy who got left out and did not appear on the Sgt. Pepper cover was Leo Gorcey of The Bowery Boys movies. On screen, he was considered to be the leader of the gang. Originally, the Bowery Boys were a real gang of rough, tough, fighting firemen, about which the 2002 Scorsese movie Gangs of New York was made. The leader of the real, original gang was "Bill the Butcher." Those of us who study PID clues may raise an eyebrow considering the weird, recalled by the Capitol label in June 1966, 'Butcher Cover,' which was originally intended for the album Yesterday and Today. Bill the Butcher was shot dead, in a similar scenario as Rocky Raccoon, and his last words were, "Goodbye boys."
In 1945, Leo Gorcey, the star of a Hollywood movie series called Dead End Kids, demanded that the producer double his salary, which was refused. Gorcey quit the series and started a new one called, The Bowery Boys. One of the gang was played by Billy Benedict. In 1952, the Bowery Boys series movie release was Hold That Line in which Billy is replaced by Gil Stratton, who plays the role of 'Junior' (reminds me of the Faul song Junior's Farm). We've all heard the chant 'hold that line, block that kick' on The Beatles (the white album) in John Lennon's experimental Revolution 9.
It would be interesting, if one could find a copy of the Bowery Boys movie, Hold That Line, to see if its soundtrack contains the exact same chant, 'hold that line, block that kick' and if it could have been the actual source used as the sound sample mixed into Revolution 9.
Wikipedia has this plot summary for the Bowery Boys movie, Hold That Line...
The members of the local university's trust make a wager that anyone can succeed in college if just given the chance. They enlist the boys to attend the university to prove the theory. While the boys do not become academic scholars, Sach invents a "vitamin" drink that makes him invincible. They all join the football team and Sach becomes the star player, leading them to the big championship game. A local gambler sees an opportunity to make some money and he kidnaps Sach to prevent him from playing. Slip and the rest of the gang rescue Sach and return him to the game. Sach is out of "vitamins", so Slip plans a ruse on the playing field that distracts the other team and allows him to score the winning touchdown. Afterward, Sach cannot reproduce his "vitamin" formula, but he produces a new concoction that allows him to fly.
The role of Sach is played by the actor Huntz Hall, who, in the 1930's, appeared in both the Broadway play and then the film version of Dead End. In 1943, he appeared in the film, Don't Kill Your Friends. He was arrested for marijuana possession in 1948. After Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall split up when Gorcey left the Bowery Boys in 1956, they reunited in 1966 in the movie, Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar.
About the production of Hold That Line, Wiki has this note...
This is the first appearance of Gil Stratton, Jr. as a member of the gang, replacing William Benedict. Stratton was unhappy as a Bowery Boy, and he tried to keep himself as inconspicuous in the films as possible; he often gave his dialogue to Leo Gorcey or Huntz Hall.
Gil Stratton also had a part in The Wild One, in which the Lee Marvin character taunts the Marlon Brando character with the line, "the Beatles missed you."
A photo of Leo Gorcey was included in Peter Blake's original design for the Sgt. Pepper album cover, but was removed when Gorcey's agent demanded a fee for its use. Blake replaced it with a photo of Huntz Hall, who ended up representing the Bowery Boys on the Sgt. Pepper cover.
Hall replaced Gorcey.
One wonders what the significance of all this is, if any, but a question does come to my mind --- could the original Paul have demanded more money, like double what he was getting in 1966, and did he threaten to quit The Beatles unless he received that much more money, and could it be that he was subsequently shot dead and replaced? Faul plays the role of Paul at the going rate, but later laments 'You never give me your money, you only give me your funny paper.'
Gorcey demanded double his money, which was denied him, thus ending Dead End Kids and he went on to demand money from the Beatles, but that time, he was replaced. The amount he wanted, some say $5,000 and others say it was only $400 was a small sum indeed for the wealth of EMI, so I doubt Faul's explanation, 'he wanted money, so screw him.' I think it was something symbolic. Gorcey demanded money, so he was out and Huntz Hall replaced him. The demand for money resulted in a replacement. Was that the symbolism intended?
How deep does the rabbit hole go and is it made of intentional clues, strange coincidences, mystical synchronicities, or all three? How many odd connections remain undiscovered?