Monday, August 20, 2012

" San Francisco" Scott McKenzie: 1939 - 2012


Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.  Super star singer and songwriter Scott McKenzie has died on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

He was best known for his hit single, San Francisco. It was written by John Edmund Andrew Phillips, Paul Hutsch of The Mamas n the Papas and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival.
It was an instant hit and called San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) partly because of an older song with the same title and partly because of the lyrics.  It reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and was number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe selling over 5 million copies worldwide.

In Central Europe, young people adopted San Francisco as an anthem for freedom and was featured in several films, including Frantic, The Rock and Forrest Gump.


The words in the song were significant then where you can meet some gentle people in 'Frisco who want to have a love-in there since they believe in the hippies' tag-line, make love and not war. That whole generation of people in motion have a new explanation.  But the Vietnam War didn't end till 1975 although the song had a meaningful theme. Do you agree?

Rest in peace Scott McKenzie.

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FL said...

Sad to hear that Scott McKenzie had passed away recently. As a teenager, I liked his catchy song "San Francisco" in 1967, and till today, I still love hearing his hit song. This song was so popular then when the
Americans were still fighting in the Vietnam war, the hippies generation, and peoples were yearning for peace and freedom due to war. Hence, this song was very popular back then, I remember.

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you FL for visiting again.

Yes, this famous McKenzie song shook the world with its beautiful lyrics because when I first heard it I wondered why it is called, 'San Francisco' since there is another song by that name recorded by Tony Bennett in 1954.

It's now called, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco".

Andy Lim* said...

It's also been covered by 5 or 6 other singers.

Between 1969 and 1979, this song had been covered by Asian groups and singers in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Among them were The Chopsticks of Hong Kong, the Lions, Ervinna from Indonesia and Tracy Huang in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

Here are a few others who covered this song:

Nancy Sit
Lisa Lim
Grace Hong
Ernie Djohan
The Burns
Rahim Jamil & De-Typhoons, who did a Malay version with the tile 'Ilham Yang Suchi'.



Andy Lim* said...

Hey Steve,
Been a while since you last made comments on this blog.

Your list is useful and I have most of the recordings by Asian artistes too.

BTW who is "Rose"?

Thanks for the contribution.