Where am I?: "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" Scott McKenzie (1967)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
April 21, 2018 7:58am CST
“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is the hippy anthem of the late 60s and listening takes one back to Haight-Asbury. John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas wrote the song to promote the Monterey Pop Festival which he was co-producing. He claimed to have written it in 20 minutes and played guitar on the track. The song was given to Phillips’ friend Scott McKenzie and appears on “The Voice of Scott McKenzie” album. “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” shot to Billboard #4 and UK #1. McKenzie only produced two albums and one other top 40 hit in “Like an Old Time Movie” (#24). He was done by 1970 and would not resurface until the late 80s. McKenzie co-wrote the Beach Boys’ hit “Kokomo” and joined Phillips on the nostalgia trail with the New Mamas and the Papas from 1986 to 1998. He died in 2012.
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@JohnRoberts — oh, that’s right, can’t show support for anyone there without fear of a beating. Unlike when I went to a Reds/Cardinals game in St. Louis: I wore a Cardinals shirt and a Reds cap! I have a Cubs cap and a Cardinals cap in the back of my car, too. That’ll give you funny looks.....(Or as Minnie Pearl once said, “Lady, you’ve got a funny look, but I didn’t give it to you.”)