‘Flower Power’ Singer Scott McKenzie Dies at 73 [VIDEO]
He was born Philip Wallach Blondheim, but changed his name to Scott McKenzie after a comedian suggested that the singer had a remarkable resemblance to a Scottie dog.
McKenzie palled around with “Papa” John Phillips where they both played in a band called the “Abstracts” before forming the group the “Journeymen” with his long time buddy.
After splitting in ’64, and although “Papa” John invited Scott to perform as a “Mamas and Papas” member, McKenzie opted for a solo career.
It was a song about San Francisco in 1967, written by Phillips, that etched Scott’s career in musical cement. In the U.K., the song climbed to number one, and number four here in the U.S.
In 1988, he wrote the Beach Boys hit, “Kokomo”.
Scott McKenzie died on August 18 at the age of 73.