08/03/2017 – Doris Troy – Just One Look

This song is crazy. I love the R&B rhythm that has the definite feel of a precursor to Jamaican Ska and Reggae, excellent pop structure, and the little piano highlights through out are great. What’s crazy about this song is the lyrics. I feel like if any pop stars these days came out with song lyrics like “without you I’m nothing” it would not go over so well, but our Grandparents were fine with that concept to make the tune a billboard hit. The entire concept of “love at first sight” seems so silly to me, but her voice is so earnest in this song the saccharine sentimentality doesn’t bother me.

Doris Try does have a great voice, and there are some solid session musicians backing her up, including the fantastic Bernard Purdie on drums.  As an R&B and Pop standard this is a fantastic tune, and it’s no wonder it’s been used in a million different places from movies to TV to commercials, and can still be heard semi-regularly 54 years later.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last time I heard it: I have no idea. It’s been a while. Don’t know why it popped in my head.

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