Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Just One Look

First released (as a B-side) by Andy & The Marglows (1963).
Hit versions by co-writer Doris Troy (US #10/R&B #3/CAN #1/NZ #8 1963), The Hollies (US #98/UK #2 1964 |US #44 1967), Faith Hope & Charity (UK #38 1976), Linda Ronstadt (US #44/MOR #5 1979).

From the wiki: “‘Just One Look’ was written by Doris Troy and Gregory Carroll. Troy, then going by her pen name Doris Payne, recorded a studio demo of the song and began to shop the song around to studios, first to Sue Records. But their lack of response led Troy to instead offer the song to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records. Unbeknownst to Troy, Atlantic would later release her demo, unchanged, as a single.

“Meanwhile, prior to the release of Troy’s recording, a Washington, D.C. Doo-wop group, Andy & The Marglows, heard the Payne/Troy demo as it was being shopped around and recorded their own version of ‘Just One Look’ for Liberty Records (with Doris Troy as a background singer!), releasing their version (as the B-side to ‘Symphony’, with no apparent chart impact) two weeks before Troy’s original demo was released as an A-side.”

“Troy scored her only hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Just One Look’. The song spent 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10.

“‘Just One Look’ became a hit in the UK via a cover version by the Hollies which reached #2 on the Record Retailer chart in April 1964. Although not a major US hit in its original release, the Hollies’ production marked their first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, at #98. A US re-issue in 1967 reached #44.

“The Tampa, Florida based disco band Faith Hope and Charity released a cover of the song, which spent four weeks on the UK Singles Chart, reaching #38 in February 1976.

“Linda Ronstadt remade ‘Just One Look’ for her 1978 album Living in the USA, produced by Peter Asher. Ronstadt’s single spent eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #44, while reaching #5 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart.”

Doris Troy, “Just One Look” (1963):

The Hollies, “Just One Look” (1964|1967):

Faith, Hope & Charity, “Just One Look” (1976):

Linda Ronstadt, “Just One Look” (1979):

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