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Scott and John Phillips were with The Journeymen along with D!ck Weissman. They were fairly successful. In 1967 San Francisco was written by Phillips (then in the Mama & Papas) to help stir up attendance for the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Scott did a great job singing it. The song was a huge hit in the US and Europe, and helped make SanFran what it was at that time - and what a time it was.

 

RIP Scott.

 

 

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Tough to hear about his passing. "San Francisco" was a very special song for those of us who served in the Vietnam war. Travis AFB in Northern California was where we flew to when we left Southeast Asia. Thus, San Francisco was a place that represented freedom, safety, and a respite from the hell of war. Whenever the song played, the GI's used to cheer enthusiastically. When the song was written, its popularity among military personnel was probably never considered. Ironically, in those difficult times, it was one of the things that gave us hope.

 

RIP Scott. You made a difference in many people's lives.

 

MJ

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Tough to hear about his passing. "San Francisco" was a very special song for those of us who served in the Vietnam war. Travis AFB in Northern California was where we flew to when we left Southeast Asia. Thus, San Francisco was a place that represented freedom, safety, and a respite from the hell of war. Whenever the song played, the GI's used to cheer enthusiastically. When the song was written, its popularity among military personnel was probably never considered. Ironically, in those difficult times, it was one of the things that gave us hope.

 

RIP Scott. You made a difference in many people's lives.

 

MJ

A very interesting angle/information.

Hard to x-ray what went on inside the military camps/minds back then - wonder how broad a range of the contempory music was embraced. Probably it all, , , even Country Joe and The Fish.

And now we are talking historic politics (or what we we'll call it), Wikip. says San Francisco enjoyed massive airplay in Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring 1968 - only a year after the release of the single. A little local history there EA. . .

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I just heard about it this morning. RIP Scott McKenzie. One song, and it became literally the signature song of an entire generation and culture. Saw him with The Mamas and Papas in the late 80's in Kansas City. There were over 40,000 people there to see a bunch of over-the-hill hippies...lol...but damn, the music was and is still relevant. http://news.yahoo.com/singer-scott-mckenzie-dies-73-124348056.html

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