Almanac Music: ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie



The Monterey Pop Festival held in 1967 was a defining moment in music heralding in the hippy, peace, ‘make love not war’ era in the ‘Summer of Love’.



The festival was organised at meeting in Mama Cass Elliott’s house involving Paul McCartney, John and Michelle Phillips, Mama Cass and Lou Adler who were discussing the general perception of rock-n-roll as an art form and decided to do something about it. They organised a three day not-for -profit event that was to take place six weeks later, and history was created.


Performances from Monterey Pop Festival can be viewed HERE


It launched the career of Scott McKenzie who shot fame with the song that epitomised that era, San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair  written by John Phillips of The Mamas & Papas. He performed as a special guest of The Mamas & Papas during their set at the festival. Check out his live performance below.




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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. Before he went to seed, John Phillips was a musical genius.

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