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Passings: Gregory Carroll of the Four Buddies, Orioles; Writer of Just One Look (1928 - 2013)

Four Buddies Harrison and Carroll
Gregory Carroll, whose voice was heard in the groups the Four Buddies and the Orioles and who wrote the song Just One Look, died on Friday at his Creston, NC home after an aneurysm. He was 83.

Carroll formed the Four Buddies in Baltimore during the early-50's with Leon "Larry" Harrison, William Carter and Vernon Palmer. The group signed with Savoy and, in 1951, had a number 2 R&B record nationally with I Will Wait.

In 1953, Carroll left the group to become a member of the Orioles, replacing member George Nelson. Gregory sang second tenor on what would become the group's biggest hit, Crying in the Chapel (#1 R&B/#11 Pop) along with their last hit, In the Mission of St. Augustine (#7 R&B).

After the breakup of the Orioles, Carroll worked with a number of other vocal groups, including one of the versions of the Ink Spots but, by the beginning of the new decade, he had tired of the road and began to move more towards the creative side of the business. His biggest success came in 1963 when he and Doris Troy wrote the hit, Just One Look. A number 3 R&B and 10 Pop hit, the song became a standard of the rock era being recorded by numerous other artists including Linda Ronstadt and Anne Murray.

Over the years, Carroll participated in tours of the reformed version of the Orioles led by Sonny Til. He retired in 1994 to Ashe County, NC where he became active in the local community, occasionally playing a one-off show such as PBS specials.

He is survived by his partner of 38 years, Lois Chrites, and four children.