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 Records
Writer(s) Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne
Producer(s) Artie Ripp[1]
Doris Troy singles chronology
"What A Wonderful Lover"
"Just One Look"
"What'cha Gonna Do About It"
"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
"Just One Look"
"Here I Go Again"
"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"
"Just One Look"

"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]

In 1963, Doris Troy scored her only U.S. Top 40 hit with "Just One Look", 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,[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 (although legendary session musician Bernard Purdie has claimed that he was the actual drummer on the demo).[3]

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]

The song has also been used in commercials for Mazda in 1979 and Pepsi in 1991 and 2002.

The Hollies version[edit]

"Just One Look" became a UK hit via a cover 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.

Anne Murray version[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 was a minor Billboard Hot 100 entry at No.86. The song's B-side, "Son of a Rotten Gambler", was a #1 song in Canada in 1974.

Linda Ronstadt version[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 reached #5 at Adult Contemporary radio and peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a minor hit on the U.S. Country chart, at #59.

Other versions[edit]

See also[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 c Doris Troy Biography
  4. ^ Nathan, David, Soulful Divas, Billboard Books, 1998.
  5. ^ 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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