Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kuala Lumpur ... San Francisco

Tens of thousands of angry Malaysians gathered in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to demand for removal of malpractices in our electoral process. Some 44 years ago, people of all age gathered similarly in San Francisco for a much different reason. The Hippies Movement was beginning and the Flower People set a movement spreading peace and love.

"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was written and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. McKenzie's song became an instant hit. The lyrics tell the listeners, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". "San Francisco" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The song is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California during the late 1960s. I hope it brings back very good memories for you.

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