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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.