EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers in Your Hair)’ – Scott McKenzie

What was the number one song in the UK on 9th August 1967?

American singer, Scott McKenzie got to number one for 4 weeks with San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).

Well, if ever there was a hippy dippy tune, this has got to be the ultimate. It smacks of flower power, counterculture, civil rights and sandalled feet. It’s an anthem for the late-60s and it’s cultural importance is palpable. One of the best selling songs of the 60s, it’s a lovely, warming tune.

Lyrics

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair
All across the nation
Such a strange vibration
People in motion
There’s a whole generation
With a new explanation
People in motion
People in motion
For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

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