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The Three Degrees

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Philadelphia, United States (1963 – present)

The Three Degrees are a female Philadelphia and vocal musical group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although it has always had a three-girl lineup, the group has undergone numerous personnel changes, and a total of twelve women have represented the trio so far. The original members were Fayette Pinkney, Shirley Porter and Linda Turner. The trio, tagged by the media as “Prince Charles’ favourites”, were the first girl group to top the UK Singles Chart since The Supremes in 1964. They are best known for their 1974 million-selling hit, When Will I See You Again.

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The Three Degrees (aka the Twelve Degrees) were formed around 1963 in Philadelphia. They were discovered by producer and songwriter, Richard Barrett. Barrett was responsible for groups of the 1950s such as The Chantels, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and The Valentines. Barrett recorded the original lineup on their first song, “Gee Baby (I’m Sorry)”, for Swan Records. Turner and Porter both left the group and were replaced by Helen Scott and a string of other ladies, before Janet Harmon joined in the mid-1960s. Barrett also began managing and producing Sheila Ferguson who was a high school friend of Scott. Barrett also signed Ferguson to Swan Records in 1965. The Three Degrees released a number of singles such as “I’m Gonna Need You” and a cover version of “Maybe”, with Scott taking the lead vocals.

By 1966, with many performances lined up, Scott decided to leave the group to start a family. Ferguson filled in for Scott and would remain with the group for 20 years. Ferguson sang backup on all the group’s Swan recordings as did the Three Degrees for her solo singles.

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  • ChristFollower3

    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8

    22 Feb 9:57pm Reply
  • carguinho

    "That's the title of my favorite soul songs of the seventies."

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • satan_88_level

    ^_^

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    Absolute top drawer soul and disco.

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    Criminally underappreciated. Harmonies and songs to die for [3] .... soul perfection

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Nemoflow

    Criminally underappreciated. Harmonies and songs to die for [2]

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • drownedinsound2

    Has prince Charles not left a wee shout here yet? : D

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I enjoy their music. Their song are quality and vocals are fabulous! I enjoy such as "Giving Up Giving In" and "Lock It Up" very much!

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • sweetshilla

    sar far, none of their songs has been out of my range of favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • PFE2008

    great news as their "International" album is to be reissued

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
  • mymusic101

    RIP Fayette Pinkney

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Janet76

    First boyfriend in 1972--this song takes me back!!!!!!!!!

    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • x_ecliptica_x

    LOVE them.

    16 Jun 2009 Reply
  • X80sSkin

    I grew up listening to the sounds of the Three Degrees. A point of interest: these three beautiful and talented ladies once appeared as themselves on an episode of Sanford and Son.

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • FairyGirlie

    my favourite girl group ever

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • OSCARCHOICE-CHI

    7 TEMAS PASE EN LAS DISCOS DE URUGUAY----------------------------------------------------------

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • swirlyboy

    oh yeah...the Three Degrees...the girls from Philly...

    2 Oct 2007 Reply
  • somnambulance

    EVERYBODYZ GOIN 2 TH MOON

    23 Oct 2006 Reply
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