Jean (song)

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"Jean"
Single by Oliver
from the album Good Morning Starshine
B-side "The Arrangement"
ReleasedAugust 1969
Format 7" single (45 rpm)
Recorded1969
Genre Pop
Length3:22
Label Crewe Records
Songwriter(s) Rod McKuen
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
Oliver singles chronology
"Good Morning Starshine"
(1969)
"Jean"
(1969)
"Sunday Mornin'"
(1969)

"Jean" is a popular song from the 1969 movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. It was written by the American poet and composer Rod McKuen, who also recorded a version of the song.

<i>The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie</i> (film) 1969 film by Ronald Neame

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The song was the theme to the 1969 film adaptation of Dame Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie , which starred noted British film actress Maggie Smith. Smith won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the lead character in the film, Jean Brodie. The song was performed by songwriter McKuen, who was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Original Song. Although released as a single in the summer of 1969, McKuen's version of the song failed to reach the American music charts. Sergio Franchi performed the song on the January 3, 1971, broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show, subsequently released on a rare Franchi DVD. [1]

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"Jean" was also recorded by the American singer Oliver. Earlier in 1969, Oliver had reached #3 on the Billboard pop and easy listening charts with his version of "Good Morning Starshine," a song from the musical Hair . While working on an album with producer Bob Crewe (which would also be called Good Morning Starshine ), "Jean" was selected as a song for the record and subsequently chosen as the follow-up single. It became another hit for the singer, reaching #2 on the pop chart, where Sugar, Sugar by The Archies kept it from #1. [2] "Jean" spent four weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. Oliver would later describe his cover version of the song: "We had no idea it would be a single. It was a 3/4 ballad in the psychedelic era...it was a beautiful arrangement." [3]

Oliver (singer) American pop singer

William Oliver Swofford, known professionally as Oliver, was an American pop singer, best known for his 1969 song "Good Morning Starshine" from the musical Hair as well as "Jean".

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References

  1. The Official Ed Sullivan Site
  2. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1969-10-04
  3. Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)