Friday, December 28, 2012

Record #0218: San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) / What’s the Difference – SCOTT McKENZIE

Ode 103 (original, kind of) USA, May 4, 1967
Words & Music by:  Side A – John Phillips; Side B – Scott McKenzie
Musicians: Scott McKenzie (vocals), John Phillips (guitar), Joe Osborn (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), Larry Knechtel (keyboards), Gary Coleman (chimes and bells on side A)
Recording sessions: Produced by Lou Adler and John Phillips in Hollywood, CA, 1967
Highest chart positions:  US #4, UK #1

If there ever was a hippie anthem, this could have been it. :)

The record was first released with the A side titled as “San Francisco “Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair”” and the original mix was also different including an echoed bass drum in the bridge. The revised mix and title are of the version that became famous and sold over seven million copies worldwide.

Scott McKenzie passed away in August this year.

List price:  Very Good+ is $4, Near Mint is $8. The original mix goes for VG+ $7.50, NM $15.

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