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Monday, August 20, 2012

R.I.P. Scott McKenzie, Singer of "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

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Scott McKenzie, who famously sang the the iconic, ubiquitous, and now hopelessly cliched Summer of Love anthem "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" died Saturday in Los Angeles, according to the AP. He was 73.

McKenzie suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder of the nervous system, and had been receiving on-and-off hospital care since 2010, the AP reports.

He was best known for performing a song that was actually written by John Phillips, the brilliant and troubled songwriter behind the Mamas and the Papas. McKenzie's rendition of "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" was released May 13, 1967 -- just prior to the city's famous Summer of Love, when hippies and would-be hippies flocked to the city to experience its radical counterculture. It was an instant hit, selling 7 million copies worldwide, and became arguably the most famous song about San Francisco. The song, the city, and the promising early days of the hippie movement were forever linked.

McKenzie also co-wrote the Beach Boys' 1988 No. 1 hit "Kokomo," and toured with a version of the band that included Phillips.

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