Born as Doris Elaine Higginsen, in The Bronx, Doris Troy was working as an usherette at the Apollo where she was discovered by James Brown.
She took her stage name from Helen of Troy. Troy worked with Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick, before she co-wrote and recorded Just One Look, which hit #10 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.
As her solo career peaked, she sang back-up for The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Kevin Ayers, Edgar Broughton, Pink Floyd (on their album The Dark Side of the Moon), George Harrison, Johnny Hallyday, Vivian Stanshall, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake, Junior Campbell and Carly Simon.
She was also signed by The Beatles to their Apple Records label in 1969.