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Mon Aug 20, 2012, 08:15 AM

Scott McKenzie has passed. He sang this sixties anthem:



"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was written and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. McKenzie's song became an instant hit.
The lyrics tell the listeners, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". Due to the difference between the lyrics and the actual title, the title is often quoted as "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)".
"San Francisco" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The song is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California during the late 1960s.
In Central Europe, young people adopted "San Francisco" as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia's 1968 Prague Spring uprising against Soviet rule. The song has been featured in several films, including Frantic, The Rock and Forrest Gump (Wikipedia).
(from youtube)

Sigh........
Such a gentle song. If only it had created a reality that would last.

Fair winds and following seas to you Scott McKenzie. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair on the journey. RIP......

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Reply Scott McKenzie has passed. He sang this sixties anthem: (Original post)
Are_grits_groceries Aug 2012 OP
BumRushDaShow Aug 2012 #1
pinboy3niner Aug 2012 #2
KurtNYC Aug 2012 #3
Are_grits_groceries Aug 2012 #8
vankuria Aug 2012 #9
Pool Hall Ace Aug 2012 #18
Jim Lane Aug 2012 #23
GP6971 Aug 2012 #4
joeybee12 Aug 2012 #5
cascadiance Aug 2012 #6
Are_grits_groceries Aug 2012 #7
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2012 #10
DFW Aug 2012 #12
flamingdem Aug 2012 #19
DFW Aug 2012 #22
flamingdem Aug 2012 #15
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2012 #21
Liberal_Dog Aug 2012 #11
struggle4progress Aug 2012 #13
Are_grits_groceries Aug 2012 #14
flamingdem Aug 2012 #16
PCIntern Aug 2012 #17
spanone Aug 2012 #20

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 08:24 AM

1. Wow

This has been a bad year....

The movie Forrest Gump really did great weaving songs like his, into the scenes, and in context to what was happening.

R.I.P.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 08:26 AM

2. I saw him 10 years ago at the Wall in D.C.

He came out to perform at the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in support of Vietnam veterans, and he spoke at that year's ceremonies at the Wall. He met and spoke to a lot of us afterward. So sad to lose him.

R.I.P.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 08:35 AM

3. Was Mackenzie Phillips named for this guy?

She is John Phillips first daughter. No clues here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackenzie_Phillips

A surprisingly powerful and haunting song that embodies the dream of a better world. Scott's voice is the perfect fit -- neither too strong nor too frail, just very intimate and human.

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 09:28 AM

8. Great description of Scott and that song! nt

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:22 AM

9. I read somewhere she was

I think also remember reading Scott Mackenzie was her Godfather too.

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 06:09 PM

18. Actually, it was her (middle) name first.

His birth name is Philip Wallach Blondheim. Her birth name is Laura Mackenzie Phillips

from wikipedia:

"At one of these parties I complained that nobody could understand my real name ... pointed out that this was a definite liability in a profession that benefited from instant name recognition. Everyone started trying to come up with a new name for me. It was Jackie Curtis who said he thought I looked like a Scottie dog. Phillips came up with Laura's middle name after Jackie's suggestion. I didn't like being called "Scottie" so everybody agreed my new name could be Scott McKenzie."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_McKenzie

That song was one of my first favorite "grownup" songs. RIP, Scott!

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Reply #18)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 03:46 PM

23. I think she was named for her grandmother

I read her book a while back. As Pool Hall Ace said, her birth name was Laura Mackenzie Phillips, and I think "Mackenzie" was her grandmother's maiden name.

When she appeared in American Graffiti, somebody connected with promoting the movie thought that "Laura Phillips" was too bland a name. They billed her in the movie as "Mackenzie Phillips" -- a fact she learned at the premiere when the credits rolled.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 09:01 AM

4. RIP. n/t

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 09:02 AM

5. Great song...RIP Scott

KNR

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 09:17 AM

6. Everyone in San Francisco should wear a flower in their hair today...

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Not only in honor of Scott, but to send a message that we care about what we've lost since the 60's when "the people" had more of a voice then.

Another song, a relevant question for him about "What's the difference" if he goes today. Let's make sure that we show others there is a difference that Scott made...

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 09:27 AM

7. When I hear 'San Francisco', I always think of ths song:



I always wonder how many people who left SF or never made it there became ramblers. I think Vietnam, the assassinations, and everything else created a generation of ramblers.

Some were literal ramblers and some rambled in their minds. Both groups were searching for another time yet to come not unlike 'The Once And Future King.' Many are still rambling.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:42 AM

10. Damn....our era is rapidly drawing to a close...

Such a lovely song, it still moves me, and brings back lovely memories of a more hopeful world, all those years ago.

Heavy sigh....

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:54 AM

12. Once back in the early seventies, Scott McKenzie showed up unannounced

I was in college, and we had just seen a film in the University's auditorium, when suddenly a student came out with a microphone and said Scott McKenzie was there and would give a free concert to all who wanted to stick around- Most of us stuck around.

The one song he wouldn't sing was "San Francisco," saying times had changed, and the lyrics no longer reflected reality. He obviously relented later on, but even so, his songs were all ones I have never heard before or since, and it was a wonderful concert. His voice was the same as it always was--soothing and comforting. He was alone, accompanying himself on a big Guild 212-XL twelve string guitar.

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Response to DFW (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 06:51 PM

19. You were fortunate

Little did we know we were in such a golden age for music back then

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #19)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 01:55 AM

22. I was part of one of the first progressive rock bands in the DC area in the sixties

We called ourselves the Clockwork Orange, after the book, and 3 years BEFORE the film.

Long after we had disbanded, another group took up the name, after the film had made it famous. I was only 15, and had to hide after performances as I was under age. We did get to play with a couple of cool groups, tho!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambassador_Theater_%28Washington,_DC%29

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 05:54 PM

15. I still get teary almost every time!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 07:51 PM

21. My heart smiles when I hear the song.

Tim Buckley's "Once I Was ( a Soldier)" makes me teary eyed every time.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:54 AM

11. I Was Two Years Old During The Summer Of Love

But everytime I hear "San Francisco", I feel like I was actually there.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 05:51 PM

14. As evening slowly seeps into the day, the flowers wait in vain.

Melancholy goodby......

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 05:56 PM

16. A few days before Scott's death he wrote ... XPOST from Late Breaking News - his last poem!

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4. A few days before Scott's death he wrote ...

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His last Facebook message included a poem written just days before his death.

The Final Ride
Scott McKenzie (17 August 2012)

But, OH! How I wish I was a true cowboy,
with a great Appaloosa waiting to gallop away,
me sitting on his back, deep into my desert,
far beyond my precious Joshua Tree,
where dreams are made, beautiful dreams,
but this time I need to travel deep into the unknown.
And will I ever come back?
Right now I say no, never.
Oh well, a dream's a dream's a dream's a dream.

Oh, but my mighty Appalooosa's eyes keep firing up,
and his nostrils keep flaring as he transcends the stink and pettiness beneath him,
half riding, half flying toward place still unscarred by any unnatural activity.

ONWARD AND UPWARD! FULL SPEED AHEAD,
MY BEAUTIFUL, MAJESTIC APPALOOSA!
CARRY US ALL TO THE REGIONS WHERE WE CAN DREAM,
WITH NO FEAR AT ALL,
UNINTERRUPTED AND FOREVER FREE FROM FEAR

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 05:58 PM

17. AGG: Thank you for posting this and the link/tune...

what a time it was for song and film...nothing to touch it since.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 07:03 PM

20. he also co-wrote the beach boys hit....KOKOMO

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RIP

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