Scott McKenzie the singer of flower power pop has died aged 73.
Scott McKenzie was found by a neighbour in his home on Sunday afternoon. His death was confirmed by another neighbour, Victoria Byers.
McKenzie had been in and out of hospital recently after falling ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system,BBC said
“I think he had a heart attack this most recent time. He was in the hospital,” she said. “They did not want him to leave the hospital, but he wanted to be in his house [when he died]“. she said
Scott McKenzie the singer, songwriter and guitarist grew up in North Carolina where he lived with his grandparents while his widowed mother worked in Washington DC.
As a teenager, he met Phillips and formed a doowop 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.
Phillips wrote and co-produced “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” for McKenzie. John Phillips played guitar on the recording and session musician Gary L Coleman played orchestra bells and chimes.
It was released on 13 May 1967 in the United States and was an instant hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a number one in the UK and several other countries, selling over seven million copies globally.
McKenzie followed the song with “Like An Old Time Movie”, also written and produced by Phillips, which was a minor hit. 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.