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As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70s until the early 1980s. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there; however, after just 8 years on the job, he found out he had cancer. His younger brother John[[note]]notable in his own right, especially among US college sports fans, as commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]] since 1997, taking that job after a long run as athletic director at both brothers' alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[[/note]] stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.

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As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70s until the early 1980s. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there; however, after just 8 years on the job, he found out he had cancer. His younger brother John[[note]]notable John[[note]]Notable in his own right, especially among US college sports fans, as he's set to retire as commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]] since 1997, taking in June 2021 after 24 years. John took that job after a long run as athletic director at both brothers' alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[[/note]] Hill.[[/note]] stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.


That fall, "Jean", a softer, ballad single bested his previous effort by one, reaching No. 2 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart. Written by poet Rod [=McKuen=], "Jean" also sold over one million copies, garnering Oliver his second gold disc in as many months. Performing both hits on a number of TV variety shows and specials in the late 1960s, including ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', helped both songs.

Oliver had more modest commercial success, however, with the cover of "Sunday Mornin'", which peaked at No. 35 in December 1969, and "Angelica", which stalled at No. 97 four months later. In addition, his cover of "I Can Remember", the 1968 James & Bobby Purify hit, missed the Hot 100 but climbed into the top 25 of the Billboard Easy Listening chart in the mid-summer of 1970. Late that fall, Oliver also had one inspirational recording entitled "Light the Way", composed by Music/EricCarmen. Oliver's last single to enter the pop music charts was his 1971 cover of "Early Morning Rain" by his personal friend, Canadian singer-songwriter Music/GordonLightfoot. The song "Bubbled Under" at No. 124 on May 1, 1971 and also reached No. 38 on the Easy Listening chart[[note]]now the Adult Contemporary chart[[/note]] a few weeks later.

As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70's until the early 1980's. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there however after just 8 years on the job found out he had cancer. His younger brother John[[note]]notable in his own right, especially among US college sports fans, as commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]] since 1997, taking that job after a long run as athletic director at both brothers' alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[[/note]] stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.

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That fall, "Jean", a softer, ballad single bested his previous effort by one, reaching No. 2 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard ''Billboard'' Easy Listening Listening[[note]]now Adult Contemporary[[/note]] chart. Written by poet Rod [=McKuen=], "Jean" also sold over one million copies, garnering Oliver his second gold disc in as many months. Performing both hits on a number of TV variety shows and specials in the late 1960s, including ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', helped both songs.

Oliver had more modest commercial success, however, with the cover of "Sunday Mornin'", which peaked at No. 35 in December 1969, and "Angelica", which stalled at No. 97 four months later. In addition, his cover of "I Can Remember", the 1968 James & Bobby Purify hit, missed the Hot 100 but climbed into the top 25 of the Billboard ''Billboard'' Easy Listening chart in the mid-summer of 1970. Late that fall, Oliver also had one inspirational recording entitled "Light the Way", composed by Music/EricCarmen. Oliver's last single to enter the pop music charts was his 1971 cover of "Early Morning Rain" by his personal friend, Canadian singer-songwriter Music/GordonLightfoot. The song "Bubbled Under" at No. 124 on May 1, 1971 and also reached No. 38 on the Easy Listening chart[[note]]now the Adult Contemporary chart[[/note]] chart a few weeks later.

As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70's 70s until the early 1980's.1980s. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there however there; however, after just 8 years on the job job, he found out he had cancer. His younger brother John[[note]]notable in his own right, especially among US college sports fans, as commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]] since 1997, taking that job after a long run as athletic director at both brothers' alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[[/note]] stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.


Prior to his solo success, Oliver was a member of two popular music groups The Virginians and, later, The Good Earth and was then known as Bill Swofford. He became an overnight sensation in [[TheSixties the summer of 1969]], when his recording of "Good Morning Starshine" reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of that year, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. a month later.

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Prior to his solo success, Oliver was a member of two popular music groups The Virginians and, later, The Good Earth and was then known as Bill Swofford. He became an overnight sensation in [[TheSixties the summer of 1969]], when his recording of "Good Morning Starshine" reached No. 3 on the Billboard ''Billboard'' Hot 100 in July of that year, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. a month later.



Oliver had more modest commercial success, however, with the cover of "Sunday Mornin'", which peaked at No. 35 in December 1969, and "Angelica", which stalled at No. 97 four months later. In addition, his cover of "I Can Remember", the 1968 James & Bobby Purify hit, missed the Hot 100 but climbed into the top 25 of the Billboard Easy Listening chart in the mid-summer of 1970. Late that fall, Oliver also had one inspirational recording entitled "Light the Way", composed by Music/EricCarmen. Oliver's last single to enter the pop music charts was his 1971 cover of "Early Morning Rain" by his personal friend, Canadian singer-songwriter Music/GordonLightfoot. The song "Bubbled Under" at No. 124 on May 1, 1971 and also reached No. 38 the Easy Listening chart a few weeks later.

As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70's until the early 1980's. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there however after just 8 years on the job found out he had cancer. His younger brother John stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.

U.S. college sports fans may be familiar with his younger brother John, who was the athletic director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (which both brothers attended) from 1980 to 1997, and since then has been commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]].

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Oliver had more modest commercial success, however, with the cover of "Sunday Mornin'", which peaked at No. 35 in December 1969, and "Angelica", which stalled at No. 97 four months later. In addition, his cover of "I Can Remember", the 1968 James & Bobby Purify hit, missed the Hot 100 but climbed into the top 25 of the Billboard Easy Listening chart in the mid-summer of 1970. Late that fall, Oliver also had one inspirational recording entitled "Light the Way", composed by Music/EricCarmen. Oliver's last single to enter the pop music charts was his 1971 cover of "Early Morning Rain" by his personal friend, Canadian singer-songwriter Music/GordonLightfoot. The song "Bubbled Under" at No. 124 on May 1, 1971 and also reached No. 38 on the Easy Listening chart chart[[note]]now the Adult Contemporary chart[[/note]] a few weeks later.

As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70's until the early 1980's. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there however after just 8 years on the job found out he had cancer. His younger brother John John[[note]]notable in his own right, especially among US college sports fans, as commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]] since 1997, taking that job after a long run as athletic director at both brothers' alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[[/note]] stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.

U.S. college sports fans may be familiar with his younger brother John, who was the athletic director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (which both brothers attended) from 1980 to 1997, and since then has been commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference]].
Dallas.


In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying Website/YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The Website/YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans.

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In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook Website/{{Facebook}} under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying Website/YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The Website/YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans.


U.S. college sports fans may be familiar with his younger brother John, who was the athletic director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (which both brothers attended) from 1980 to 1997, and since then has been commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference.

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U.S. college sports fans may be familiar with his younger brother John, who was the athletic director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (which both brothers attended) from 1980 to 1997, and since then has been commissioner of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Atlantic Coast Conference.
Conference]].


In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying Website/YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans.

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In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying Website/YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Website/YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans.


In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans.

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In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying YouTube Website/YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans.


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* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: This is the kind of music Oliver ''preferred'' to perform.


* BreakupSong: "If You Go Away" from ''Again''. Also, "Now That You're Leaving", a song that he wrote and performed as part of The Good Earth on their 1968 album ''How Deep Is the Ocean''.

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* BreakupSong: "If You Go Away" from ''Again''.''Again','After All' from Lonely Days, and 'You're Not Gonna Break This Heart Again' from his last album, to name a few". Also, "Now That You're Leaving", a song that he wrote and performed as part of The Good Earth on their 1968 album ''How Deep Is the Ocean''.



* ScooterRidingMod: While not exactly a Mod himself, Oliver's fashions were ''very'' much influenced by them. He often wore jabots and tailored suits.
* SillyLoveSongs: His earlier albums featured several of these. He wasn't a fan of them, however.

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* ScooterRidingMod: While not exactly a Mod himself, Oliver's early career fashions were ''very'' much influenced by them. He often wore jabots and tailored suits.
suits. During the 70's he sported a more bluegrass hippy look which was more in alignment with his true style. Later on in life, he was known for a more conservative professional look.
* SillyLoveSongs: His earlier albums featured several of these. He wasn't a fan of them, however.however because he felt they did not have much depth.


* Renaissance Man: Oliver was an outstanding musician, songwriter, arranger, and singer - but he was also a highly accomplished intellectual having read literally thousands of books, and mastered virtually every subject in school - so well that he won the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the fully paid award.

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* Renaissance Man: RenaissanceMan: Oliver was an outstanding musician, songwriter, arranger, and singer - but he was also a highly accomplished intellectual having read literally thousands of books, and mastered virtually every subject in school - so well that he won the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the fully paid award.


In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans]].

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In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans]].
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* Dual Lobe Guy: Oliver was an outstanding musician, songwriter, arranger, and singer - but he was also a highly accomplished intellectual having read literally thousands of books, and mastered virtually every subject in school - so well that he won the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the fully paid award.

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* Dual Lobe Guy: Renaissance Man: Oliver was an outstanding musician, songwriter, arranger, and singer - but he was also a highly accomplished intellectual having read literally thousands of books, and mastered virtually every subject in school - so well that he won the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the fully paid award.


* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Ironically, Oliver was embarrassed of his middle name in school, thinking it was "too cute". He eventually warmed to it when it became what he would be called professionally.

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* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Ironically, Oliver was embarrassed of his middle name in school, thinking usually whispering it when asked his middle name (Since he was "too cute".named after his Aunt Olive). He eventually warmed to it when it became what he would be called professionally.


As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70's until the early 1980's. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there however after just 8 years on the job found out he had cancer. His younger brother John stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Olicer's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.

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As producer Bob Crewe preferred elaborately orchestrated musical arrangements and Oliver preferred a simpler folk sound, these "creative differences" led them to part ways in 1971. Resuming the name Bill "Oliver" Swofford after the release of his Prism album, the singer toured hundreds of college campuses throughout the United States from the early 70's until the early 1980's. He eventually retired from the music industry in the 1980s after issues with the release of his last album. He was decidedly a people person and took on a job at Merck Pharmaceuticals and enjoyed a tremendously successful career there however after just 8 years on the job found out he had cancer. His younger brother John stepped up and donated bone marrow and although it appeared to be well accepted, Olicer's Oliver's health took a turn for the worst in late 1999 and he died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2000, in Shreveport, LA. He was laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetary in Dallas.



In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans]].

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In February 2016, Oliver was given a fan page through FaceBook under the name "William.Oliver.Swofford.Fans", with an accompanying YouTube Channel "The William Oliver Swofford Music Channel". The FB page contains a plethora of memorabilia...photos, links to videos including rare footage of TV and concert performances, and information on his life and career. The YouTube Channel is where ALL of his music is being put to video segments using his personal digital masters and photos. You can check out his fan page at www.URL/www.facebook.com\william.oliver.swofford.fans]].


* NiceGuy: By all accounts, he was very humble and kind. He would say that he found it amusing when fans were hesitant to approach him because he was likely much shyer than they were.

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* NiceGuy: By all accounts, he was very humble and kind. He would say that he found it amusing when fans were hesitant to approach him because as he was likely much shyer than they were.never succumbed to the "Stay away. I'm a big star" mentality.



* OnlyOneName: Professionally, he was known only by his middle name.

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* OnlyOneName: Professionally, he was known only mostly by his middle name.name, but he spent the last 10 years of it performing as "Bill Swofford"



* ProtestSong: "Days of Rage" was written by Oliver himself, and he also did a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth". Both of these are on the ''Prisms'' album.

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* ProtestSong: "Days of Rage" was written by Oliver himself, himself (although later was not happy with that song), and he also did a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth". Both of these are on the ''Prisms'' album.

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