Friday, 5 February 2016

Death Of The Day RIP Scott McKenzie 73 August 19, 2012 Los Angeles, California Guillain-Barré symdrome

Scott McKenzie

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Scott McKenzie
McKenzie performing on Germany's 50 Jahre Rock! Love Songs in 2004.
Background information
Birth namePhilip Wallach Blondheim
BornJanuary 10, 1939
Jacksonville, Florida
DiedAugust 18, 2012 (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California
GenresPop music
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1950s–2010
LabelsOde Records
Associated actsThe Mamas & the Papas
Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012) was an American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Philip Wallach Blondheim was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1939.[2] His family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, when he was six months old.[3] He grew up in North Carolina and Virginia, where he became friends with the son of one of his mother's friends, John Phillips. In the mid-1950s, he sang briefly with Tim Rose in a high school group called The Singing Strings, and later with Phillips, Mike Boran, and Bill Cleary formed a doo wop band, The Abstracts.
In New York, The Abstracts became The Smoothies and recorded two singles with Decca Recordsproduced by Milt Gabler. During his time with The Smoothies, Blondheim decided to change his name for business reasons:
"[We] were working at one of the last great night clubs, The Elmwood Casino in Windsor, Ontario. We were part of a variety show ... three acts, dancing girls, and the entire cast took part in elaborate, choreographed stage productions ... As you might imagine, after-show parties were common.
"At one of these parties I complained that nobody could understand my real name ... [and] pointed out that this was a definite liability in a profession that benefited from instant name recognition. Everyone started trying to come up with a new name for me. It was [comedian] Jackie Curtis who said he thought I looked like a Scottie dog. Phillips came up with Laura's middle name after Jackie's suggestion. I didn't like being called "Scottie" so everybody agreed my new name could be Scott McKenzie."[4]
In 1961 Phillips and McKenzie met Dick Weissman and formed the folk group, The Journeymen, at the height of the folk music craze. They recorded three albums and seven singles for Capitol Records.[5] After The Beatles became popular in 1964, The Journeymen disbanded.[6] McKenzie and Weissman became solo performers, while Phillips formed the group The Mamas & the Papas with Denny DohertyCass Elliot, and Michelle Phillipsand moved to California.
McKenzie originally declined an opportunity to join the group, saying in a 1977 interview, "I was trying to see if I could do something by myself. And I didn't think I could take that much pressure".[7] Two years later, he left New York and signed with Lou Adler's Ode Records.
San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) (1967)
Phillips wrote and co-produced "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" for McKenzie. John Phillips played guitar on therecording and session musician Gary L Coleman played orchestra bells and chimes. The bass line of the song was supplied by session musician Joe OsbornHal Blaine played drums.
It was released on 13 May 1967 in the USA and was an instant hit, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 in the Canadian RPM Magazine charts. It was also a number 1 in the UK and several other countries, selling over seven million copies globally.[8]
McKenzie followed the song with "Like An Old Time Movie", also written and produced by Phillips, which was a minor hit (number 27 in Canada). His first album, The Voice of Scott McKenzie, was followed with an album called Stained Glass Morning. He stopped recording in the early 1970s and lived in Joshua Tree, California, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
McKenzie also penned the song "Hey! What About Me" that launched the career of Canadian singer Anne Murray in 1968.[9]
In 1986, he started singing with a new version of The Mamas and the Papas. With Terry MelcherMike Love, and John Phillips, he co-wrote "Kokomo" (1988), a number 1 single for the Beach Boys.
By 1998, he had retired from the road version of The Mamas and Papas, and resided in Los Angeles, California, until his death.[10][11] He appeared at the Los Angeles tribute concert for John Phillips in 2001, amongst other 1960s contemporary acts.[12]


McKenzie died on August 18, 2012 in Los Angeles.[11] He had suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome since 2010.[13]



YearAlbumBillboard 200Record Label
1967The Voice of Scott McKenzie127Ode Records
1970Stained Glass Morning


YearTitlePeak chart positionsRecord LabelB-sideAlbum
1965"Look in Your Eyes"Capitol Records"All I Want Is You"
"There Stands the Glass""Wipe the Tears (From Your Eyes)"
1966"No, No, No, No, No"Epic Records"I Want to Be Alone"The Voice of Scott McKenzie
1967"San Francisco (Be Sure to
Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
41Ode Records"What's the Difference"
"Look in Your Eyes" (re-release)111Capitol Records"All I Want Is You"
"Like an Old Time Movie"24Ode Records"What's the Difference -
Chapter II"
1968"Holy Man"126"What's the Difference
(Chapter Three)"
1970"Going Home Again""Take a Moment"Stained Glass Morning


NME - August 1967[14]

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