Posted in music on August 20, 2012

Scott McKenzie

According to a note on Scott McKenzie's website, the singer behind 1967 hit, "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)," has passed away. Scott lost his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which has been ongoing for the last two years. He was 73.

"San Francisco," which was written by The Mamas and the Papas' John Phillips but given to Scott McKenzie to sing, was originally used as a promotional single for the Monterey Pop Festival, but eventually became an anthem for the Summer of Love, the hippie generation, and the entire culture associated with it. Scott, along with John Philips, also co-wrote The Beach Boys' 1988 comeback single, "Kokomo."

Almost half a century later, "San Francisco" song remains impacting for those who were there to experience the late '60s and those who weren't. Your fantastic voice and the powerful song behind it will never be forgotten. RIP Scott.

A video of Scott playing "San Francisco" at Monterey Pop Festival and a stream of the studio version are below.

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Scott McKenzie - "San Francisco" at Monterey Pop Festival in 1967

Scott McKenzie - "San Francisco"

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Comments (18)

Sean Connery covering Scott McKenzie will never be the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cDDdTrWFjE#t=39m03s

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 2:46 PM

aw this sucks. some man with a nice mustache died =[

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 2:58 PM

"Over half a century later, 'San Francisco' song remains impacting for those who were there to experience the late '60s and those who weren't."

O_o

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:02 PM

since when is 1967 over a half century ago; did I miss a few years? is it 2018?

Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:04 PM

almost half a century would have been more accurate.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:08 PM

rip hippie dude

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:15 PM

i like dudes with mustaches

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:17 PM

:(


But I'm glad that Grag Munford is still alive.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:30 PM

Gee what a surprise.... young immature whippersnapper hipster idiots immediately start in with the sarcastic comments.

Gee what will be the lasting anthem from the Williamsburg Hipster Revolution of the 2000's? Anyone?

In ALMOST half a century from now do you think anyone will care about you hipster and your lame musical garbage?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:34 PM

yes, i concur- lot's of jerk-offs who know nothing about music like to post sarcasm here when it's not warranted. sucks to be them, but they're young and stupid.

very sad and he really made that beautifull song his own. rip

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 3:43 PM

that SF song was a blessing and a curse; stereotyped him forever; he did co-write "Kokomo" for the Beach Boys w/ John Phillips, so that kept him in beads.

Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2012 4:05 PM

I'm not being sarcastic, RIP for sure, just hoping for a little more quality control. Too many shitty writers making pedestrian mistakes. Sorry it had to happen in a death post...

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 4:13 PM

He was in my favorite line up of Guided By Voices. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 6:08 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 10:15 PM

His follow-up hit in the '70s, "Sam Frank's Disco," unfortunately never became as popular as his earlier single.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 21, 2012 1:56 AM

east bay ray is dead?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 2:54 AM

he was my husband in 1971 i will miss him

Posted by alana v mckenzie | September 9, 2012 12:37 AM

r.i.p

Posted by jordon | July 23, 2013 3:34 PM

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