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Doris Troy

Surely one of the most talented one-hit wonders of the rock era, Doris Troy hit the Top Ten with "Just One Look" in 1963, but also recorded many other fine pop-soul sides for Atlantic between 1963 and 1965. Unlike many soul performers of the time, Troy wrote most of her own material (under the pseudonym Payne), and had already written for other artists and sung backup with Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick and Cissy Houston on New York soul records before striking out on her own. More melodically ambitious and stylistically eclectic than many of her peers, her Atlantic sides blend elements of gospel, girl group, blues, and pop into a rich New York soul sound. Troy never reached the charts again after "Just One Look," but was more appreciated in England, where she toured occasionally and where the Hollies covered her "What'cha Gonna Do About It" on their first album. Moving to Britain, she recorded an album for Apple in 1970 with assistance from George Harrison and Billy Preston. In the early '70s, she sang backup vocals for British rock groups, most notably the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, in addition to recording a couple more albums. In the '80s she starred in Mama I Want to Sing, a musical based on her life story. The musical became a touring success, one which Troy remained involved with until 1998. She continued to perform in Las Vegas until her death from emphysema on February 17, 2004. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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dole24
The girl could hit the high note.
Lovr it!
All good Chi Town still standing
1 of the all-time GREATS...... . . . . . : - ) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Maybe a 1-hit wonder 2 this bio writer, but
WHAT a HIT!!!! She's a legend 2 ME!!!!!
Today's noise is just that; bring back the 50's and early 60's
RIP Doris!
god bless you doris i did not know you passed - but i love you
nicko252008
Wow hollies covered this, the original is the best. LOVe doris troy
Just one Look---That' s All it Took ---For David
Thisismy jam
Shewasa queen
Shewasodeep
Another Super-Star Soul-Sissta gone to
Glory but never forgotten H-Town listening
We Love You Doris*978*4m 1 4 y ~
The 60's gave us great artists like Troy. Today we have howlin' so called artists like Beyonce and Mariah Carey who annoy me and make my ears hurt.
"Time" is a classic!!! Shuda been heard by the world....... R I P , M s TROY!!!!!
I think the Hollies sang this one too. That is the one I remember from then UK.
The Del - vikings represent all that is doo woop
Doris was the Carol King of her genre. I'd give her another look.
A BLAST TO THE PAST........ . . . O U T S T A N D I N G
Amazing song and voice. She is so beautiful and talented. ; )
in the same vein as the orlons
jimbannonc4
powerfull voice, great song
Just one look.....one of my all-time favs and my song to my sweetie way back then. Love, love, love it.
Just one listen and I fell so hard
one of my all time favorites. what a vocal range, great beat&lyrics
Yup, I remember that Pepsi commercial with this song in it. Awesome track.
you're still staying that Doris Payne sings "Just One Look." As Susan Josephson pointed out in January, its Doris Troy!
Great song!
I agree with Susan that "Just One Look" is Doris Troy instead of Doris Payne
j.nitz
My dad works at the hospital she was in the weeks before her death. He got to know her a little bit and they became sort of friends. I love "Just One Look" and will always remember hearing it in that Pepsi commercial with Cindy Crawford way back when.
sliaf
"Just One Look" is sung by Doris Troy, not Doris Payne.
gary- thanks for the info. love her voice.
Thanks G P for the bio. My mother loved the song "Just one look". Played on her Hifi often....
zephyr28
Doris Troy (6 January 1937 – 16 February 2004) was an American R&B singer, known to her many fans as "Mama Soul."She was working as an usherette at the Apollo where she was discovered by the 'Godfather of Soul', James Brown.Troy co-wrote and recorded "Just One Look", which hit #10 in 1963.As her solo career peaked, she did back-up for many British bands. She died in Las Vegas

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