Chart Position: 4

  • Written by John Phillips
  • Guitar: John Phillips, Scott McKenzie
  • Sitar: John Phillips
  • Produced by Lou Adler and John Phillips
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • This is Scott McKenzie’s biggest hit single
  • Scott McKenzie is from Jacksonville FL
  • Scott McKenzie died in Aug 2012
  • This song was composed to advertise the first Monterey Pop Festival held in Monterey CA in Jun 1967
  • This song is the unofficial anthem of the 1960s counterculture movement
  • John Phillips’ band Mamas and the Papas were not happy that Phillips basically gave this monster hit song to a high school friend to record
  • Later recorded by Johnny Hallyday (1967), Petula Clark (1967), Brook Benston (1967), Pick-Ups (1967), Julie Felix (1967), Jackie Edwards (1967), Vince Hill (1967), Bobby Sims (1967), 101 Strings (1967), Paul Mauriat and Orchestra (1968), Caravelli (1967), Peter Covent Band (1967), Roger Bennett (1968), Shadows (1968), Merrilee Rush & Turnabouts (1968), Living Guitars (1968), Karel Gott (1968), Jordans (1968), Miguel Ramos (1968), Sil Austin (1969), Skip Petronzio (1976), Klaus & Servants (1977), Tanya Tucker (1979), Tracy (1980), Stars on 45 (1981), Ted Hawkins (1987), Starshine Orchestra & Singers (1995), Me First and Gimme Gimmes (2001), Jimmy LaFave (2001), Barbados (2003), Rob Tognoni (2009), Janet Planet (2009), Clarksdale Bros. (2010), Agents (2008), Wrinkle Rockers (2016) and many others

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