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Scott McKenzie: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the One-Hit Wonder
Posted By Patrick Kiger On August 23, 2012 @ 1:15 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
If you were an adolescent would-be hippie stuck in Pittsburgh or Peoria during the 1967 Summer of Love, you probably remember the siren call of “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).” You probably have a harder time remembering who sang it.
The iconic ode was recorded by singer Scott McKenzie, and amazingly, it was the only hit he ever had. McKenzie, who passed away in Los Angeles on Aug. 18 at age 73, remains one of the more mysterious and intriguing enigmas in pop music history. He found his sudden fame overwhelming, and abruptly dropped out of the music business – only to resurface decades later, as a replacement singer in the Mamas and the Papas’ nostalgia tours.
Here are five little-known facts about the singer who chose not to become a superstar, and the song for which he is remembered.
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