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Published:August 20th, 2012 13:51 EST

Scott McKenzie Of 'San Francisco Be Sure to Wear Flowers' Fame Dies At 73

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Scott McKenzie, whose 1967 hit single `San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)` captured the spirit of the `60s flower-power movement and became a generational touchstone, has died. He was 73.


McKenzie died Saturday at his home in Silver Lake, said Matt Pook, a longtime friend and neighbor.. A statement on his website said he had been ill with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system."


Scott McKenzie`s only claim to fame was his 1967 hit single "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair."

McKenzie`s song commemorated the Summer of Love when hippies converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco to get high and experience "free love."

The utopian Summer of Love quickly degenerated into a dystopia with kids dying from bad trips and women raped if they weren`t down with the free love vibe.

McKenzie`s insipid song should have died with the "Summer of Love" bullcrap, but the abdominal little ditty is still a staple on radio stations with an "oldies" format.

If McKenzie is in heaven and he is somehow able to put a flower in his bald pate, I`m sure St. Peter will harshly rebuke him: We don`t go for that hippy-dippy sh** in heaven.

I was born and raised in San Francisco, and as you can tell, I`m enraged that such a namby-pamby song has come to represent the greatest city in the world.

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