The formation of The Journeymen, with John Phillips and was a direct outgrowth of the late 1950s and 60s folk boom. The Journeymen were considered one of the most promising of the many groups that were formed during that period, and the trio performed with considerable vocal and instrumental skill. John Phillips, acknowledged leader of the group, composed material that was recorded by them. excelled as lead tenor and soloist. 's educational background at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, Goddard College in Vermont and Columbia University, provided a strong foundation for his talents as banjoist and guitarist. When the group disbanded, Phillips achieved national reputation as Papa John of the Mamas and the Papas, with Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips. McKenzie's solo career included his hit single, "San Francisco," (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair). Weissman's, (known as a folklorist and musicologist,) solo effort was an album of topical songs entitled "The Things That Trouble My Mind: Dick Weissman Sings and Plays Folk Songs of Protest!."