Just One Look – The Hollies

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on March 14th of 1964 for the first time in British recording history, all Top Ten singles in the UK are by British acts. #1 – “Anyone Who Had A Heart” by Cilla Black, #2 – “Bits and Pieces” by The Dave Clark Five, #3 – Little Children by Billy J Kramer, #4 – “Diane” by The Bachelors, #5 – “Not Fade Away” by The Rolling Stones, #6 – “Just One Look” by The Hollies, #7 – “Needles and Pins” by The Searchers, #8 – “I Think Of You” by The Merseybeats, #9 – “Boys Cry” by Eden Kane, #10 – “Let Me Go Lover” by Kathy Kirby. “Just One Look” by The Hollies was originally recorded by Doris Troy in 1963. This was just the second Top-10 Pop hit that was written and performed by the same woman, following “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)” by Carla Thomas. Doris Troy, born Doris Higginson in New York City, was an R&B singer/songwriter who first recorded as Doris Payne. When she was 16 years old, she got a job at the famous Apollo Theater, which featured many legendary black performers. Troy wrote the song “How About That,” which hit #33 for Dee Clark in 1960. She worked as a session singer, appearing on recordings by Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Dee Dee Warwick and The Drifters. “Just One Look” was her only American hit, but “Whatcha Gonna Do About It” nicked the UK charts at #37 in 1964. She moved to England in 1969 and signed with The Beatles’ Apple Records, where she release the Doris Troy album in 1970 before becoming a casualty of the rampant mismanagement at Apple. She resumed work as a session singer, and performed on The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and also tracks by Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck. She also sang backup on the 1973 Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon. In the UK, this was eventually a #2 hit for The Hollies. It has also been covered by Lulu, and Linda Ronstadt, Mark Farner and Anne Murray.