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|"Just One Look"|
|Single by Doris Troy|
|Writer(s)||Gregory Carroll and Doris Payne|
|Doris Troy singles chronology|
|"Just One Look"|
|Single by The Hollies|
|B-side||"Keep Off That Friend Of Mine"|
|The Hollies singles chronology|
"Just One Look" is a song co-written by American R&B singers Doris Troy and Gregory Carroll. The recording by Doris Troy was a hit in 1963, peaking at No.10 in the U.S. singles charts.
Details vary as to how the single came to be released on Atlantic Records. According to the book Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders, James Brown saw Troy performing in a nightclub (under her then-stage name Doris Payne), and introduced her to Atlantic. According to a more recent and detailed story in Soulful Divas, Payne recorded a studio demo of the song and took it to Sue Records first, but their lack of response led her to offer it to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic, where the label released the demo unchanged. The personnel on this song included Horace Ott on Piano, Snags Allen on guitar, Barney Richmond on bass and Bruno Carr on drums.
The single's release was the first time she started using "Doris Troy" as her stage name, though her pen name remained Doris Payne.
"Just One Look" became a UK hit via a version by the Hollies which reached No.2 there in the spring of 1964. Although not a major US hit in its original release, the Hollies' "Just One Look" marked the first appearance of the Hollies on the Billboard Hot 100 at No.98 and a US re-issue in 1967 saw the Hollies' "Just One Look" rise as high as No.44. The Beatle tribute band, "The Buggs", also recorded an obscure version (retitled "Soho Mash") on their 1964 Coronet album, "The Beetle Beat". Major Lance record the song on his 1963 album The Monkey Time. Anne Murray remade "Just One Look" for her 1974 Love Song album and the track was issued as a single that October to become a minor Billboard Hot 100 entry at No.86. Linda Ronstadt remade "Just One Look" for her 1978 Living in the USA album; issued as the album's third single in early 1979, the track reached #5 at Adult Contemporary radio and peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Other versions of "Just One Look" are those by Lynda Carter, Faith Hope and Charity (No.38 UK January 1976), Mark Farner, Lulu (on The Lord's Taverners Charity Album, a charity project by Decca Records, 1965), Harry Nilsson on his 1976 album …That's the Way It Is and Klaus Nomi on his 1982 album Simple Man. A mid-1960s recording by the Bee Gees is featured on their 1998 Brilliant From Birth compilation CD. Bryan Ferry recorded a version for his 1993 album, Taxi.
Troy's version was featured in a 1997 television commercial for Pepsi starring Cindy Crawford that aired during Super Bowl XXXI. Her version was also heard on D-TV Disney set to The Wind in the Willows segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
- One-hit wonders in the United States
- ^ a b c d e Doris Troy Biography
- ^ Jancik, Wayne, Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders, revised and expanded, Billboard Books, 1998.
- ^ Nathan, David, Soulful Divas, Billboard Books, 1998.
- ^ "Major Lance - The Monkey Time". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
5.Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974 Album Liner Notes http://aln2.albumlinernotes.com/Atlantic_-_Volume_Five.html