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Date Of BirthJanuary 10, 1939
DiedAugust 18, 2012, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseAnzy Wells
FactHe died in Los Angeles after two weeks in hospital.

Scott McKenzie (born January 10, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1967 hit single “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”, which became an anthem for the 1967 Summer of Love.

Born Philip Wallach Blondheim in Jacksonville, Florida, McKenzie was the eldest of four children. His father was a Jewish doctor who had emigrated from Austria, and his mother was of Scotch-Irish descent. McKenzie began singing in his church choir at an early age. He later attended the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, where he sang in the choir and played football.

After graduating from high school, McKenzie enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He served for two years before being honorably discharged. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he began his music career as a songwriter and session singer.

In 1967, McKenzie wrote and recorded “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”, which became a global hit. The song was written as a tribute to the city of San Francisco and the counterculture movement that was taking place there at the time. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

After the success of “San Francisco”, McKenzie continued to write and record music. He released several albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but none of them achieved the same level of success as his debut album. In recent years, McKenzie has toured extensively, performing his classic hits for a new generation of fans.

McKenzie has been married twice. His first marriage was to Mimi Fariña, with whom he had one daughter. His second marriage was to Susan Hanson, with whom he has two sons.

McKenzie has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He continues to tour and perform around the world.

General Info

Full NameScott McKenzie
Date Of BirthJanuary 10, 1939
DiedAugust 18, 2012, Los Angeles, California, United States


SpouseAnzy Wells


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Original Song
MoviesRedneck County

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1He died in Los Angeles after two weeks in hospital.
2In 1973 he moved back to Virginia, where he lived for 10 years.
3He and John Phillips met when they were teenagers. They formed a doo-wop band called The Abstracts. The band moved to New York and became The Smoothies, where they played on the club circuit and recorded two singles.
4He grew up in North Carolina, and lived with his grandparents while his widowed mother worked in Washington DC.
5With the popularity of folk music in the 1960s, he, Phillips, and banjo player Dick Weissman formed The Journeymen. The trio recorded three albums, before breaking up in 1964.
6In 1970 he moved to Joshua Tree, a California desert town near Palm Springs.
7A discovery of John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, singer-songwriter McKenzie is probably best known for performing the hit song "San Francisco". The song, written by Phillips and produced by Phillips and Lou Adler in 1967 has become one of the most popular songs ever written about the city by the bay.



The Goldbergs2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Block2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happy Endings2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live Sports Extra '092009TV Special music: "Derek Jeter's Taco Hole" - uncredited
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary performer: "San Francisco Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair"
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary performer: "San Francisco Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair"
Allein unter Bauern2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Rock1996performer: "San Francisco Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair"
Chicago Hope1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Forrest Gump1994performer: "San Francisco Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair" 1967
Bullerfnis1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Full House1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cocktail1988writer: "Kokomo" - as Scott McKenzie'
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode


The Great Lester Boggs1974Malcolm Vandiver


Here I Am: Denny Doherty and the Mamas & the Papas2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1973TV Series
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformer
Beat-Club1967TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Tienerklanken1967TV SeriesPerformer
New American Bandstand 19651960TV SeriesHimself - Musician

Archive Footage

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV SeriesHimself
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesHimself
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHimself, member of 'The Journeymen'


Won Awards

1989ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsMost Performed Songs from Motion PicturesCocktail (1988)
1989Most Performed Song from a FilmBMI Film & TV AwardsCocktail (1988)
1989Kids' Choice AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Song

Nominated Awards

1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureCocktail (1988)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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