Just One Look

Album: Greatest Hits (1963)
Charted: 10

Songfacts®:

  • This was just the second Top 10 pop hit that was written and performed by the same woman, following "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" by Carla Thomas. Doris Troy, born Doris Higginson in New York City, was an R&B singer/songwriter who first recorded as Doris Payne. When she was 16 years old, she got a job at the famous Apollo Theater, which featured many legendary black performers.

    In a 1970 interview with Blues & Soul magazine, Troy explained: "I had the uniform and a flashlight and everything, and when I saw them stars up there performing I said to myself 'that's where I want to be someday,' and I started to spend my off-duty hours in this restaurant in New York where out-of-work artists and composers hung out. I'd written 'Just One Look' and needed to make a demo. Well the demo got made, and it was the demo that was released. I was performing at the time, but I'd never looked on myself as ready for making hit records. I'd had a previous release out on Everest under the name of Doris Payne, but it didn't mean a thing.

    We'd taken the demo to Atlantic to sell the song, and as soon as they heard it they flipped and said they'd rush release it at once. I was on the road at the time touring with Chuck Jackson who was big then, and since I had no time to go in the studio and re-record it they issued the record straight off the demo-dub I'd had made. Wasn't that a bitch? Well, the record took off so damn fast that it sold like crazy, and it was really lucky for me to be touring at the same time since Atlantic were able to arrange all sorts of promotional stints and interviews to tie in with the local radio stations where I was visiting."
  • Troy wrote the song "How About That," which hit #33 for Dee Clark in 1960. She worked as a session singer, appearing on recordings by Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Dee Dee Warwick and The Drifters. "Just One Look" was her only American hit, but "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" nicked the UK charts at #37 in 1964. She moved to England in 1969 and signed with The Beatles' Apple Records, where she release the Doris Troy album in 1970 before becoming a casualty of the rampant mismanagement at Apple. She resumed work as a session singer, and performed on The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and also tracks by Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck. She also sang backup on the 1973 Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon. Troy died in 2004 at age 67.
  • In the UK, this was a #2 hit for The Hollies. It has also been covered by Lulu, and Linda Ronstadt, Mark Farner and Anne Murray.
  • Troy's version of this song appeared in a popular Pepsi commercial starring supermodel Cindy Crawford. It also appeared in a spot for DirectTV.
  • This appeared in the films Mermaids (1990), The Flamingo Kid (1984) and Buster (1988).

Comments: 7

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1964 {March 26th} the Hollies' covered version of "Just One Look" peaked at #2* {for 1 week} the the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 Singles chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Little Children" by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas...
    "Just One Look" reached #98 on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Between 1963 and 1993 the English band had thirty three records on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, eighteen made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "I'm Alive" for three non-consecutive weeks in June of 1965 and "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" for two weeks in September of 1988...
    * "Just One Look" was the Hollies' first of four of their records to peak at #2, their three other #2 records were "I Can't Let Go" {1966}, "Stop Stop Stop" {1966}, and "The Air That I Breathe" {1974}...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the UK Singles' Top 10 on March 26th, 1964:
    At #3. "Not Fade Away" by the Rolling Stones
    #4. "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Cilla Black
    #5. "I Love You Because" by Jim Reeves
    #6. "Bits and Pieces" by the Dave Clark Five
    #7. "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday" by Gene Pitney
    #8. "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles
    #9. "Boys Cry" by Eden Kane
    #10. "Diane" by the Bachelors
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 11th, 1963, Doris Troy performed "Just One Look" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV network weekday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #20 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; two weeks later it would peak at #10 {for 2 weeks} and it spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    And on August 5th, 1963 it peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} on the Canadian CHUM Weekly Singles chart, it had bumped Elvis' "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" out of the top spot...
    Ms. Troy, born Doris Elaine Higginsen and aka Doris Payne, passed away at the age of 67 on February 16th, 2004...
    May she R.I.P.
  • Natalie from LondonThe Publisher for this song is actually Angusa Music Ltd. in the British Common Wealth as it would have been defined in 1964 excluding Australasia and Canada.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 2nd 1963, "Just One Look" by Doris Troy entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #100; and on July 21st it peaked at #10 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    When she co-wrote the song with Gregory Carroll she used the last name Payne on the record's label.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 30th 1965, the Hollie performed "Just One Look" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    A year and a half earlier on June 10th, 1964 the Hollies entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a one week stay at position #98 with the song...
    They re-entered the Top 100 on September 24th, 1967, this time it reached #44...
    Two other covered versions charted on the Top 100 in the 1970s; Anne Murray (#86 in 1974) and Linda Ronstadt (#44 in 1979)...
    The trio Faith, Hope, & Charity took it to #38 in the United Kingdom in 1975.
  • Roy from Los Angeles, CaDoris Troy performs this song in ARETHA FRANKLIN PRESENTS SOUL REWIND on PBS. Hosted by the Queen of Soul herself, the special offers an abundance of long-lost archival material that has been recovered from film vaults across the United States, England, Germany and France - yielding a treasure trove of precious and vital footage.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs stated above it was her only Top 100 record but it did make the Top 10, peaking at No. 10!!! {Sadly she passed away on Feb. 16th, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV at age 67 from emphysema}
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