San Francisco – Scott McKenzie

“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was written and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival.

McKenzie’s song became an instant hit. The lyrics tell the listeners, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”. Due to the difference between the lyrics and the actual title, the title is often quoted as “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)”. “San Francisco” reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The song is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California during the late 1960s.[citation needed]

In Central Europe, young people adopted “San Francisco” as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia’s 1968 Prague Spring uprising against Soviet rule.[citation needed]

The song has been featured in several films, including Frantic, The Rock and Forrest Gump (Wikipedia).


  1. Hi everyone; I don't think the hippies (and us older folks) have to worry about the next generation. No, not all..we have more digital nomads and people leaving the city to farm and live with nature. It's reassuring to see off-grid living flooding YT! Love to all.

  2. It was either late in 1967 or early 1968, Scott Mckenzie came to do a concert that he had signed om for a couple of years prior to releasing this hit record. Mr. McKenzie came to Carlsbad, NM at the Alta Vista Junior High School and performed at a school assembly for almost 2 hours. It was great. I've always been a fan.

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