'San Francisco' singer Scott McKenzie dies aged 73

Monday August 20, 2012

Scott McKenzie, best known for the 1967 Summer of Love hit San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), has died at the age of 73.

The singer passed away in LA on Saturday having suffered with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease of the nervous system, since 2010. 

His hit San Francisco, written by John Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas, stood as an anthem for the 1960s counterculture movement.

Scott, who was born Philip Blondheim, also co-wrote Kokomo, a number one hit for The Beach Boys.

The singer had previously posted on his website: "The new pop music that emerged from those times was indeed wonderful. Never before or since, with the exception of rap, has popular music contained such sheer poetic and social power."

Adding: "Our music helped keep us alive and carry us forward into a world we had hoped to change. And so it still does."

Photo: © Rex

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