Jean

Album: Good Morning Starshine (1969)
Charted: 2

Songfacts®:

  • This was the theme song to the motion picture The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The song was an enormous success, and along with "Good Morning Starshine," briefly put Oliver (William Oliver Swofford) at the top of the business. Unfortunately, his singing career trailed off, and he eventually left the entertainment industry. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • This was written by the poet Rod McKuen.

Comments: 10

  • Steve From Dallas from Dallas TxOliver (William (Bill) Oliver Swofford) was a friend of mine whom I met in 1982 after his fame had cooled and he was doing college tours. His wife at the time (Maggie) was a booking agent and I met them through a mutual friend. I first met Bill at Texas Christian University during a performance as part of a tour. We got to be friends and one year he took me to the Dallas Guitar Show and picked out a guitar he thought might be good for me. I still hav it in my music room and think of him whenever I see it hanging on its rack. He left Dallas and he and Maggie divorced SS few years later and I lost direct contact, although our mutual friend told me he left music and became successful in commercial real estate on the East coast. He died of leukemia in his ‘50’s and is buried in Laureland Cemetaty in Dallas. I have visited his grave a few times.
  • John Hawken from Plymouth Devon UkLovely song for my loving an beautiful awesome sister passed an my friend Jean passed away 18 February 2019. Your Kindness & love light a room always forever giving of yourself felt so proud to call you my sister one amazing lady XXXXX
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFifty years ago today on September 14th, 1969, "Jean" by Oliver peaked at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    That week's Adult Contemporary Tracks Top 10 chart was:
    At #1. Jean by Oliver
    #2. I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Tom Jones
    #3. This Girl Is A Woman Now by Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
    #4. Hurt So Bad by The Lettermen
    #5. A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
    #6. Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) by Neil Diamond
    #7. Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Jackie DeShannon
    #8. Keem-O-Sabe by The Electric Indian
    #9. Everybody's Talkin' by Nilsson
    #10. Daddy's Little Man by O.C. Smith
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkIn 1969, I was trying to be a hippy or "flower girl" as some used to say. And I loved this song & Oliver. As we used to say, it was "groovy." haaa How corny! Anyway, my brother bought the single & the LP it was on. He was 18 and would cry listening to this on his stereo. Can ya imagine??!! The big football star. Well, I loved it, but never got mushy over it. I had a crush on Oliver for a while. Then he faded away and no one ever knew what happened to him. Then much later, he was forgotten. Anyone know whatever happened to Oliver?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 22nd 1969, the 45-minute weekly series 'The Music Scene' had its debut on the ABC-TV network...
    Oliver performed "Jean"; at the time the song was at position #7 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    The premiere show was hosted by comedian David Steinberg and other musical performers were Tom Jones, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Three Dog Night, and Buck Owens & the Buckaroos...
    The show lasted for one season with a total of 17 episodes.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 4th, 1970 Oliver performed "Jean" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    He also performed two more songs on the show; "Good Morning Sunshine", which peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart and "Sunday Mornin'", it reached #35...
    R.I.P. Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 13th 1969, Oliver performed "Jean" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Four months earlier on August 10th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on September 28th it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    The two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record was "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies...
    But on September 14th, 1969 it reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    May William Oliver Swofford R.I.P. (1945 - 2000).
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThis song always seemed kind of melancholy to me; never really cared for it.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThis was nominated for Best Song at the 1969 Academy Awards {Lost to "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from the movie "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid"}!!!
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaAs a 15-year old kid, I really liked this song. Great combination of lyrics and melody. Listening to it now, he over-emotes, but still, a very nice song.
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