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Scott McKenzie born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012. Recorded his hit single San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" written by John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas. The song was one of the anthems of flower power and the Summer of Love. (1967).
Known as “The Man In Black” he recorded over ninety albums in his long music career.
He learnt to play various instruments including the piano, organ, alto sax and the trumpet. He recorded over 60 albums and amongst his hit singles of the sixties were Hit The Road Jack - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Your Cheatin’ Heart - Take These Chains from My Heart - You Know Me - Crying Time -Together Again.
He recorded the Hank Ballard composition “The Twist” which has the unusual accolade of twice reaching number one (September 1960 & January 1962) in the U.S. Billboard charts.
The Twist also became a massive dance craze. Other records he released in the sixties included “Pony Time”, “Let’s Twist Again”, “Twist it Up” and “Limbo Rock”.
After releasing a number of singles “Glad All Over” written by Mike Smith & Dave Clark hit number one in the U.K. and sold over a million records. They were part of the Sixties British Invasion and were the second English group after The Beatles to get a top ten hit in the U.S. Billboard charts. Other singles of the sixties included “Bits and Pieces”, “Can’t You See That She’s Mine”, “Come Home” “Catch Us If You Can” and “Everybody Knows”.
She moved to France and had early hits songs with “My Friend the Sea”, “Ya Ya Twist” and “Casanova”. In 1964 she recorded the Tony Hatch composition “Downtown” which went to number one in the U.S. Making her the first female British singer to reach the top in over a decade.
Other hits included “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”, “My Love”, “I Know A Place”, “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”, “Sign of the Times”, “Round Every Corner”, The Other Man’s Grass is Always Greener” and “This is My Song.
Crosby, Stills & Nash.
They had a number of hit records in the sixties including “Hold Tight”,
”Hideaway”, “Bend It”, “Save Me”, “Okay!”, “Touch Me Touch Me”, ”Zabadak”, “The Legend of Xanadu”,
“Last Night in Soho” and “The Wreck of the 'Antoinette”.
Jay and the Americans, Deep Purple, Elvis, Bobby Vinton and Cliff Richard were some of the artists who covered his songs. He hit songwrting star status when the Monkees released “I’m a Believer” and “A Little Bit Me a Little Bit You”.
He broke onto the pop scene in 1965 as a protest folk singer songwriter and was likened to a British Bob Dylan with hit songs “Catch the Wind”, “Colours”, and the Buffy St Marie composition “Universal Soldier”.
He later developed his talents to become a quality songsmith using exotic instrument arrangements which made the use of flutes, sitars, cello’s and harps. His hits of the sixties included “Sunshine Superman”, “Mellow Yellow”, “There is a Mountain”, “Jennifer Juniper”, The Hurdy Gurdy Man”, “Atlantis” and “Barabajagal (Love is Hot)”.
This charismatic rebellious group sang about sex and death and had a huge cult following of fans.
In the sixties they released albums including “The Doors”, “Strange Days”, “Waiting for the Sun” and “The Soft Parade”.
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