The SMS Trivia Question of the Week 7/6

Sixties music secrets photoYes! You’re right, it’s Trivia Tuesday for July 6th! Brought to us each week by all those Groovey people at Omnivore Recordings! Your singular stop for all the music you didn’t know, you didn’t know! Meanwhile, before we get to this week’s all new Trivia Quiz, we’d like to acknowledge all the Groovey readers who chimed in on last weeks question. Which was all about Kenny Rogers and his incredible  career! Coming in first, was the always brilliant Mr. Clark Besch! Followed closely by a charter Member “SMS Super Genius”Mr. Steve Winogradsky! Closing out this week’s list of brainy “Triv’sters” is our old friend and lately our most frequent “Super Genius, Mr. Jeff Conroy!  However, between this weeks three contenders for SMS”Super Genius” Status, It’s only long time reader and constant contender Mr. Steve Winogradsky who correctly and completely nailed last week’s Quiz! Congrats Steve and big SMS Thanx to all you fine gents for keeping it percolating!

But now, it’s time for this week’s new Trivia Quiz: This weeks question is about The Mama’s and The Papa’s! More specifically The groups patriarch and creative force John Phillips (pictured above top left! From 1965 thru 1968 The Mama’s and Papa’s ruled the airways releasing five albums and scoring at least a half dozen Top Ten hits! With the exception of the occasional covers like their take on The Beatles “I Call your name” and a few others,  their robust catalog of hits and album tracks were all written  by John Phillips. However on rare occasions like Creeque Alley and California Dreaming, he shared the credit with his wife Michelle!  But, John’s songwriting fortunes were not completely limited to The Mama’s and The Papa’s In 1967 John Phillips enjoyed further songwriter success when two new artist’s covered two of John’s songs, giving him two more top 40 hits beyond The  Mama’s and The Papa’s! And that’s this weeks question, what are the titles of these two hits and respectively, what are the names of the two artists who recorded and released these two great John Phillips songs?  Additionally, and for SMS “Super Genius status”  What is the title to one of The Beach Boys many number one records that John Phillips co-wrote with Mike Love and others ?

In summary, here’s what we need:

1) In 1967, John Phillips enjoyed, as a songwriter, two hits by two new artist’s outside The Mama’s and T he Papa’s! Give us the titles of the two songs ?

2) Respectively, give us the names of the two artists ?

3 ) Give us the title of the number one Beach Boys hit co-written by John


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  1. Thanks Rick.
    Being born in SF and growing up in the bay area in the 60’s, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know he wrote “San Francisco… Flowers…”.
    I love that we learn from your clever questions and fine wit.
    I love Tuesday mornings!!

  2. Well I’ve got TWO hits by Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim III) but no idea about the other one. I don’t think it can be the one mentioned by Mr Conroy since that certainly wasn’t a hit (by my definition of a hit, anyway).

    The two by Scott are:
    “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)” and “Like an Old Time Movie”

    The Beach Boys Kokomo was written by John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, and Terry Melcher

    • You are correct, sir!
      I named 2 songs, not hits…
      As a retired publisher, I believe that is a misdemeanor and not a felony! Whew!! Thanks for keeping us trivia junkies straight!!!

      • Hey Jeffery!
        One thing I’ve learned here is “One man’s “hit” can be another man’s “song”
        See my note to Owen below!
        Meanwhile…”Me and My Uncle” ? Hunh? Yeah I definitely put that in the “Song “ category ! I think?
        I guess I should try to listen to it…..?
        Thanx for keeping us thinking!

    • Hey Owen,
      Great to see you here!
      One thing I’ve learned here is that “A Hit” can be a slippery slope. However I have to take responsibility for some confusion! In wording the question I ask for two “Hits” and two” songs “ in the same sentence!
      Sorry bout dat!

  3. Relatedly, I have been reading for decades that the first three Mamas & Papas albums each sold millions of copies in the US. That for a brief period, they were up there with the Beatles, Herb Alpert, and the Monkees as the biggest sellers of LPs in the country.

    Does anyone have access to any verifiable information backing or poopooing this? If so, could you please share it?

    Thanks in advance.

    PS: Thus far, only the first one has been certified by the RIAA for a Platinum Record Award, and then only in 2020.

    • Hey Neal!
      Really? No! Can’t be, can it?
      Jeeze, we’ve all been livin a lie?
      Thanx Neal for yet another BIG Eye opener!

  4. “Like an Old Time Movie” Scott MacKenzie
    “Me and My Uncle” – recorded by Judy Collins, but better known by Grateful Dead version.

    “Kokomo” co-writtenby Terry Melcher, Mike Love & Scott Mckenzie

    • Hey Jeff,
      My final two cents just for my record, the two songs and artists I was looking for were:
      “San Francisco (Be Sure To Where some flowers in your hair” by Scott McKenzie, and…
      “Go Where You Wanna Go” by The Fifth Dimension
      Yeah, this question was a little too clever!

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