Doris Troy cut her teeth singing in church and worked as a teenaged usherette at New York's legendary Apollo Theater before joining Cissy Houston, Dionne and Dee Warwick and Judy Clay in forming the premier New York studio backup group (two Chuck Jackson classics that feature cameos by Doris are included herein). She released two singles in 1960 as Doris Payne and a 1961 duet under the name Jay & Dee (all three make their digital debut here) before striking gold with her self-penned superhit, 'Just One Look,' which has endured as a much-covered standard, heard in countless movies and commercials.
This release compiles recordings from Atlantic Records, including 'What'cha Gonna Do About It,' 'Please Little Angel', (co-written with Ashford and Simpson). and 'I'll Do Anything', with Gamble and Huff. On Capitol she recorded the rare single 'He's Qualified' b/w 'Face Up To The Truth'. Both are included here for the first time on CD. 'Ain't That Cute' and 'You Tore Me Up Inside' were recorded during her time with Apple in the UK. Two recordings from the 70's are included here (for the first time on CD), 'Don't Tell Your Mama' and a sparkling disco workout from 1977, 'Can't Hold On.'
This CD includes the previously unreleased 'Smilin'/Let Me Make Love To You', Doris' high-spirited duet with her sister, New York radio luminary Vy Higgensen, which was produced by Soulmusic.com founder David Nathan.
The customary worth-the-price booklet includes rare photos and cuttings, remembrances from friends and colleagues Ady Croasdell and David Nathan, and Mick Patrick's biographical essay drawing from a previously unpublished 1995 interview with Mama Soul herself.
About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.