Australian singles chart:
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) entered the Kent charts on 24 June 1967 and peaked at #2. It was #13 on the Top 100 of 1967.
Lou Adler, John Phillips
Record label of Australian release:
San Francisco is a psychedelic pop song written by John Phillips and sung by Scott McKenzie.
Phillips played guitar on the recording.
McKenzie’s version of the song has been called “the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, including the Hippie, Anti-Vietnam War and Flower Power movements.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_(Be_Sure_to_Wear_Flowers_in_Your_Hair)
In San Francisco, the Haight/Ashbury scene had been growing since late 1965, with a small – and delicate – ecology of groups, ballrooms, community shops and papers, idealists and activists: hippies. While much of the activity focused on psychedelic drugs, there were also ideas about sustainability, ecology and autonomy – a vision of a new world and a new type of person that might well have been unrealistic and compromised, but that nevertheless offered up a powerful ideal.
Read more: www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2012/aug/20/scott-mckenzie-san-francisco-anthem
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