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Encyclopedia > San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"
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Single by Scott McKenzie
Released 1967 (United Kingdom)
Format 7 inch vinyl
Genre Pop
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) John Phillips
Chart positions

"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 released in 1967 (the so-called "Summer of Love") and became a cultural icon. Image File history File links Nocover. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the center of the disc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... John Phillips in the sixties. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... [[ For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... John Phillips in the sixties. ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Summer of Love is a phrase given to the summer of 1967 to try to describe the feeling of being in San Francisco that summer, when the so-called hippie movement came to full fruition. ... Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning to cultivate), generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. ... Look up icon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


McKenzie's song, penned by Phillips to promote the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, became an instant hit, and became the anthem of the "hippie" era. The song's lyrics tell the listeners, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and was number one in the UK 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. Poster promoting the festival The Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place from June 16 to June 18, 1967. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Singer at a modern Hippie movement in Russia Hippie or Hippy refers to a subgroup of the 1960s and early 1970s counterculture that found its earliest beginnings in the United States, becoming an established social group by 1965 before declining during the mid-1970s. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City; The City; Baghdad by the Bay Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


The song was extensively used by Led Zeppelin in their live performances, during their seminal Dazed and Confused era. For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Dazed and Confused is a song by folk singer Jake Holmes from his debut solo album The Above Ground Sound of Jake Holmes, released in June, 1967. ...


In Eastern Europe, young people adopted the song "San Francisco" as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia's 1968 Prague Spring uprising against Soviet rule. People in a café watch Soviet tanks roll past The Prague Spring (Czech: Pražské jaro, Slovak: Pražská jar, Russian: пражская весна) was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia starting January 5, 1968 when Alexander Dubček came to power, and running until August 20 of that year when the... Soviet redirects here. ...


Trivia

The song's title is often quoted as "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)", not least of which in the UK Singles Chart of the time. The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...


In 2004, the song was remixed several times by the Global Deejays and named "The Sound of San Francisco". It features samples from the original song sung by Scott McKenzie. Magickfaye 01:42, 9 April 2007 (UTC) Global Deejays is an Austrian dance trio composed of DJ Taylor (Konrad Schreyvogl), DJ Mikkel (Mikkel Christensen) and FLOw (Florian Schreyvogl), and Marie Geidel (tha kraze azian) Their first three singles were big hits in Europe, particularly in Russia. ...


See also

The worlds best-selling single cannot be listed officially, since there is no international body to count global record sales. ... This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1960s. ... This is a list of singles which topped the Irish Singles Chart in 1967. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of songs with the name of a place in their title. ... All of California and Everyone Who Lives There Stinks by The World/Inferno Friendship Society All the Gold in California by The Gatlin Brothers Antennas by Rancid Atomic by Tiger Army Back to California by Carole King Back to California by Sugarcult Back to California bye The Wallflowers Back Home...

References

  • Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 19th Edition - ISBN 1-904994-10-5
  • The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits - ISBN 0-85112-250-7
  • The Book of Golden Discs - 2nd Edition - ISBN 0-214-20512-6
Preceded by
"All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles
UK number one single
9 August 1967
Succeeded by
"The Last Waltz" by Engelbert Humperdinck

 
 

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