Single by Oliver
from the album Good Morning Starshine
B-side"The Arrangement"
ReleasedAugust 1969
LabelCrewe Records
Songwriter(s)Rod McKuen
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
Oliver singles chronology
"Good Morning Starshine"
"Sunday Mornin'"

"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.


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.

Oliver recording

"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 US pop charts, where "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies kept it from #1.[1] In Canada, the song reached #1, both Pop and AC.[2] "Jean" spent four weeks at #1 on the US 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]

Chart history

Other recordings

See also


  1. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.
  2. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1969-10-04. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1969-10-11. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  5. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 23 January 1970
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 11, 1969
  8. ^ "RPM Top Singles of 1969". Library and Archives Canada. RPM. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  9. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  10. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1969
  11. ^ The Official Ed Sullivan Site