Scott McKenzie, singer of the 1960's classic "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)" has died at the age of 73. In recent years McKenzie had been stricken with the nervous disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and was found dead by a neighbor.
He was born Philip Wallach Blondheim and changed his named in the 1960's while playing in a band with John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. It was Phillips that later produced the track that would launch McKenzie's career.
"San Francisco" was released in 1967 and became an anthem for counter-culture in the 1960s.
"I am amazed at how San Francisco continues even now to evoke dreams in the hearts and minds of people all over the world," McKenzie wrote of the track on his website.
"Never before or since, with the exception of rap, has popular music contained such sheer poetic and social power. Even at the end of the decade, when so many of us had lost hope, when the summer of love had turned into a winter of despair, our music helped keep us alive and carry us forward into a world we had hoped to change."
by RTT Staff Writer
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