An anthem for freedom and for the Summer of Love
Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” peaks to No.1 in 1967
Written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas in 1967 to promote Phillips and Lou Adler’s Monterey International Pop Music Festival held in June of that year, Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” became the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960’s, including the Hippie, Anti-Vietnam War and Flower power movements. Released on May 13, 1967, it was an instant hit, by July 1967 it reached the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, where it remained for four consecutive weeks and rose to number one in the UK Singles Chart on August 9, 1967. It was also a smash hit across Europe and purported to have sold over seven million copies worldwide. An anthem for freedom, 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. It is obviously, is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California, during the late 1960’s. Scott McKenzie’s only No.1, he performed the song live at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Watch a 1967 promotional clip of Scott McKenzie performing “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)”
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