THE THREE DEGREES - SoulMusic Hall Of Fame Inductees: Lifetime Achievement Award (2020) & Group (2017)

Helen, Valerie, Freddie, Cynthia - The Three Degrees

International mainstays in contemporary music since 1965, The Three Degrees remain one of the very few female groups to have enjoyed consistent success as live performers and recording artists for five decades.  Originally formed in Philadelphia in 1963, the trio has been through several different incarnations through the years: Valerie Holiday has been a member of the group since 1967, Helen Scott (from 1963-66 and then 1976 on); Cynthia Garrison (1989-2010) and Freddie Pool since 2011.  Early hits include "Maybe" and "I Do Take You"; in 1973, the trio (then composed of the late Fayette Pinkney, Valerie Holiday and Sheila Ferguson) joined the roster of Philadelphia International Records and achieved global fame with the now-timeless classic "When Will I See You Again" and chart hits, "T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" with MFSB and "Take Good Care Of Yourself"; in 1978 and 1979, The Three Degrees had three consecutive Top 10 UK hits with "Woman In Love," "The Runner" and "My Simple Heart" for Ariola Records.

For over four decades, The Three Degrees have performed consistently throughout the world and their most recent CD, "Strategy: Our Tribute To Philadelphia" was released by Cherry Red Records in 2016.  

Check out a Classic Soul 1976 interview with The Three Degrees

 

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