Thursday, February 19, 2004

GOSPELOBIT: Doris Troy, the inspiration for gospel musical Mama I Want To Sing, died in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Born in Harlem, Doris was best known for her pop classic Just One Look, which she wrote with Gregory Carroll. The track went on to be a number two hit for the Hollies in the UK, a country she moved to in the late 60's. During her time in London she recorded an album for Apple, and provided backing vocals for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and the Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want.

In the musical, Troy - who took her stage name from Helen of Troy, and her writing credit Doris Payne from her maternal grandmother - sang the role of her own mother for fourteen years.

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