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John Phillips from The Mamas And The Papas wrote this as the unofficial anthem for the Monterey Pop Festival, which is near San Francisco. Phillips helped organize the festival.
This has the longest title of any #1 in UK.
John Phillips played guitar on this track and produced it with Lou Adler. The session musicians who played on it were top notch: Joe Osborne on bass, Hal Blaine on drums and Larry Knechtel on keyboards. They were some of the first call Los Angeles musicians who played on many of Phil Spector's productions.
Scott McKenzie wore flowers in his hair when he recorded this song.
McKenzie was in a group called The Journeymen with John Phillips. His only other hit was the follow up to this "Like An Old Time Movie," and by the end of the '60s he'd gone to live in the desert. In the late '80s he co-wrote the Beach Boys #1 single "Kokomo
." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
This was one of the big Hippie hits during the Summer Of Love in 1967. Many peace activists and Folkies wore flowers in their hair.
Jimi Hendrix wrote "Little Wing"
about the Monterey Pop Festival.
This all-female group of country rockers were on their way to stardom in the '00s, with a Starbucks deal and major label backing.
Gary Lewis and the Playboys had 7 Top-10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.
Rebecca St. James
This Australian Christian music star found herself a California surfer guy, giving new meaning to her song "Wait For Me."
Chris Squire of Yes
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.