Just One Look (song)

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"Just One Look"
album cover
Single by Doris Troy
B-side "Bossa Nova Blues"
Released May 1963
Format 7"
Recorded 1963[1]
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:25
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne
Producer(s) Artie Ripp[1]
Doris Troy singles chronology
"What a Wonderful Lover"
(1960)
"Just One Look"
(1963)
"What'cha Gonna Do About It"
(1963)

"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. The Hollies, Anne Murray and Linda Ronstadt recorded hit versions of their own. There have also been many other versions of this song.

Doris Troy version[edit]

Background[edit]

Details vary as to how the Doris Troy version came to be released on Atlantic Records. According to the book Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders,[2] James Brown saw Troy performing in a nightclub (under her then-stage name Doris Payne), and introduced her to Atlantic.[3] According to a more recent and detailed story in Soulful Divas,[4] 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.

Reception[edit]

In 1963, Doris Troy scored her only hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Just One Look". The song spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 10,[5] while reaching No. 3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart,[6] No. 8 on New Zealand's "Lever Hit Parade",[7] and No. 1 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.[8] The single's release was the first time she started using "Doris Troy" as her stage name, though her pen name remained Doris Payne.[3]

In Popular Culture[edit]

Doris Troy's version of the song was featured in a 1991 Pepsi commercial starring Cindy Crawford, which was reaired during Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.[9] An updated version of the ad, still featuring Cindy Crawford and Troy's version of the song aired in 2002.[10] In 2015, Troy's version of the song was featured in an ad for Aspartame Free Diet Pepsi.[11] The song was also used in a series of commercials for Mazda beginning in 1979 and continuing into the early 1980s.[12][13][14] The song is also featured in a scene in the movie Crazy, Stupid Love.

The Hollies version[edit]

"Just One Look"
Single by The Hollies
from the album Here I Go Again
B-side "Keep Off That Friend of Mine"
Released February 1964
Genre Rock
Length 2:30
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne
The Hollies singles chronology
"Stay"
(1963)
"Just One Look"
(1964)
"Here I Go Again"
(1964)

Background[edit]

"Just One Look" became a hit in the United Kingdom via a cover version by the Hollies which reached No. 2 on the Record Retailer chart in April 1964.[15] It became the 37th biggest hit of the year.[16] Although not a major U.S. 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.[17] A U.S. re-issue in 1967 reached No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.[18]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
position
Australia 29
Ireland (Evening Press)[19] 6
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[20] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[21] 11
Sweden 8
UK (Record Retailer) 2
Chart (1967) Peak
position
United States (Billboard Hot 100) [18] 44
Canada (RPM 100)[22] 30

Anne Murray version[edit]

Background[edit]

Anne Murray remade "Just One Look" for her 1974 Love Song album. The track was produced by Brian Ahern and issued as a single that October. Her cover reached No. 11 on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart,[23] No. 12 on Canada's CHUM 30,[24] and spent two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 86.[25] The song's B-side, "Son of a Rotten Gambler", reached No. 1 on Canada's Adult Contemporary chart in 1974.[26]

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

"Just One Look"
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Living In The USA
B-side "Love Me Tender"
Released February 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock
Length 3:20
Label Asylum Records
Writer(s) Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"Ooh Baby Baby"
(1978)
"Just One Look"
(1979)
"Alison"
(1979)

Background[edit]

Linda Ronstadt remade "Just One Look" for her 1978 album Living in the USA. Her cover of the song was issued on Asylum Records as the album's third single in early 1979 and was produced by Peter Asher. Ronstadt's single spent eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 44,[27] while reaching No. 5 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[28][29]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australia [30] 38
Canada RPM 100 Singles[31] 46
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[32] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [27] 44
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening [28] 5
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [33] 46

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Rank
Australia [34] 148
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [35] 256

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 5.Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974 Album Liner Notes
  2. ^ Jancik, Wayne, Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders, revised and expanded, Billboard Books, 1998.
  3. ^ a b Doris Troy Biography
  4. ^ Nathan, David, Soulful Divas, Billboard Books, 1998.
  5. ^ Doris Troy - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed December 22, 2015
  6. ^ "Hot R&B Singles", Billboard, August 24, 1963. p. 22. Accessed December 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Lever Hit Parade" 28-May-1964, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed December 24, 2015.
  8. ^ CHUM Hit Parade – Week of August 12, 1963 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 7, 2006). Chart No. 335. CHUM. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "Merchants & Marketing", Billboard, May 19, 2001. p. 67. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Walker, Rob; "Ad Report Card: Cindy Crawford Still Drinks Pepsi", Slate, April 8, 2002. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Diet Pepsi TV Spot, 'Just One Sip' Song by Doris Troy, iSpot.tv. Accessed December 23, 2015
  12. ^ Bohn, Joseph; "Mazda comparison ads invite buyers to shop", Automotive News Crain Automotive Group, p. 31. (1979)
  13. ^ Hunt, Dennis; "'Mama' Takes More Than One Look", Los Angeles Times, August 01, 1987. Accessed December 24, 2015
  14. ^ Mateja, Jim; "When Aggressive Driving Is Child Endangerment", Chicago Tribune, May 31, 1998. Accessed December 24, 2015
  15. ^ Hollies - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed December 23, 2015
  16. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1964.shtml
  17. ^ Just One Look - By: The Hollies, MusicVF.com. Accessed December 23, 2015
  18. ^ a b The Hollies - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed December 23, 2015
  19. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard, May 9, 1964. p. 30. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  20. ^ "Lever Hit Parade" 21-May-1964, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed December 24, 2015.
  21. ^ The Hollies - Just One Look, norwegiancharts.com. Accessed December 23, 2015
  22. ^ "The RPM 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 8, No. 11, November 11, 1967. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  23. ^ "RPM Top Singles", RPM Weekly, Volume 22, No. 16, December 07, 1974. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  24. ^ Chart Number 931 - Saturday, November 23, 1974 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 13, 2006). CHUM. Accessed December 24, 2015.
  25. ^ Anne Murray - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed December 23, 2015
  26. ^ "RPM Pop Music Playlist", RPM Weekly, Volume 22, No. 10, October 26, 1974. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  27. ^ a b Linda Ronstadt - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed December 23, 2015
  28. ^ a b Linda Ronstadt - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Billboard.com. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  29. ^ "Easy Listening", Billboard, March 24, 1979. p. 75. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  30. ^ http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=35092
  31. ^ "RPM 100 Singles", RPM Weekly, Volume 31, No. 3, April 14, 1979. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  32. ^ "RPM Adult Oriented Playlist", RPM Weekly, Volume 31, No. 7, May 12, 1979. Accessed December 23, 2015.
  33. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, Cash Box, March 31, 1979. p. 4. Accessed July 14, 2016.
  34. ^ http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=35092
  35. ^ http://www.bullfrogspond.com/whitburn/1979wye.htm
  36. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 193. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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