"Just One Look" Performed by Doris Troy (1963)

October 15, 2008

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This song is another of my all time childhood favorites. It makes me feel good whenever I hear it and of course it begs me to sing along (LOL). This is Doris Troy’s best known song.

She was born Doris [Higginson] in The Bronx, the daughter of a Barbadian Pentecostal minister. Her parents disapproved of “subversive” forms of music like rhythm & blues, so she cut her teeth singing in her father’s choir. She was working as an usherette at the Apollo where she was discovered by the ‘Godfather of Soul’, James Brown.

Troy worked with Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick before she co-wrote and recorded “Just One Look”, which hit #10 [Pop and #3 R&B] in 1963. (Source)

Troy never charted like this again and moved to England where she made her second lp in 1970, under the tutelage of George Harrison and Billy Preston, for the Beatles’ Apple Records.  While in living in England, Troy also sang backup for many rock groups including The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.

From the mid-80′s to 1991, Doris performed in the US musical biography of her own life story entitled  ‘Mama, I Want To Sing’. She also repeated her performance when the show opened in London in February 1995 and remained involved with the musical until 1998.

Troy passed away in 2004 at age 67, in Las Vegas, after a lengthy bout of emphysema.

You may learn more about Miss Troy at the “Official Home Page of Soul Legend Doris Troy”.

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1 Deborah Godin October 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Well, there’s always that old argument of which is best, the original or so-in-so’s cover, but no one will ever convince me that this isn’t the first, last and best take on this one!


2 sondan October 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Hi Deborah,

I knew there was a reason I loved your visits — because we great minds agree 1000% on this one (LOL). Miss Troy’s original is the definitive one, period, exclamation point. Co-wrote and sang a classic!


3 shesthinking October 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm

For one, I definately love this song. It’s one of my favorites. For two, how did you get that music player? Great site btw!


4 sondan October 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Hi shesthinking,

It is a fab song — isn’t it? It’s contagious too (LOL)

Glad you like the site and glad you found me so that I could find you! Your site looks quite interesting and I shall be reading around in it this weekend.

As for the music player it’s easy. Here are the instructions:


Hope to see lots of you around here to help me keep the oldies alive.



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