William Oliver Swofford professionally known as Oliver was an American pop singer who passed away in 2000. In 2010 he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

He became popular in 1969 when he sang “Good Morning Starshine” from the rock musical “Hair”. The song rose up on the charts, sold more than a million copies and was awarded a gold disc. This was followed by “Jean” which was the theme of the Oscar-winning movie “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and the song won Oliver a second gold record.

His album Good Morning Starshine also included popular songs from other singers which he made his own such as “Ruby Tuesday”, “In My Life”, and “Both Sides Now”. His second album Oliver Again included the John Denver song “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. Other songs which he sang didn’t become as popular. Among them were “Sunday Mornin’”, “I Can Remember”, “Light the Way’, and “Early Morning Rain”.

With his popularity wavering he resumed his former name Bill Swofford and sang touring lots of college campuses in 1976 and 1977. It was during this period that he attempted to team up with singer Karen Carpenter but this proved to be unsuccessful. He finally left the music industry and worked in other business fields. He passed away on February 12, 2000.


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