Scott McKenzie Passes Away at 73

One of the iconic songs of the summer of love was San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). Its creator, Scott McKenzie died in Los Angeles on Saturday at the age of 73. He had been suffering from Guillain–BarrĂ© syndrome since 2010.

Scott was born Philip Blondheim on January 10, 1939.

He was a friend of John Phillips who went on to form Mamas and Papas. They formed their first band together, The Abstracts who later became The Smoothies. The two then went on to form a band called The Journeymen and recorded three albums for Capitol.

They disbanded in 1964. Scott McKenzie, as he was now known, went solo and Phillips formed The Mamas and the Papas, although Scott was invited but declined to join the group.

Phillips wrote and produced his signature hit San Francisco.

In 1986, Scott joined a new line-up of Mamas and Papas with Phillips. He also co-wrote The Beach Boys Kokomo with Phillips, Mike Love and Terry Melcher (son of Doris Day).

The following statement was posted on his official website.
It is much sadness that we report the passing of Scott McKenzie in LA on 18th August, 2012. Scott had been very ill recently and passed away in his home after two weeks in hospital.

It has been our pleasure to maintain this web site over the past 15 years and this is the hardest update of them all. Farewell our much loved and wonderful friend.

Gary and Raylene Hartman

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