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,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 (although legendary session musician Bernard Purdie has claimed that he was the actual drummer on the demo).
The single's release was the first time she started using "Doris Troy" as her stage name, though her pen name remained Doris Payne.
The song has also been used in commercials for Mazda in 1979 and Pepsi in 1991 and 2002.
"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.