Hello, The Three Degrees are a female R&B group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members included Fayette Pinkney, Linda Turner and Shirley Porter. Turner and Porter were replaced by Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday in 1966. The line up that recorded their 1974 smash hit WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN included, Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Holiday and Fayette Pinkney. There have been many changes in group members through the years.
The Three Degrees first huge hit record was with the group MFSB in March of 1974. The record is T.S.O.P (The Sound Of Philadelphia) and credit on the record is listed as, MFSB featuring The Three Degrees. The single became a million-seller and a #1 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100, The Billboard AC chart and the Billboard R&B chart. T.S.O.P was the theme song from the TB show “Soul Train”.
The Three Degrees struck gold on their own later in 1974. On September 28, 1974 WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN made its Billboard Hot 100 debut. The single climbed the Hot 100 to #2 and remained on the chart for 18 weeks. WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN also became a #1 hit on the Billboard AC chart (Adult Contemporary). The record also charted on the Billboard R&B chart and became a #4 hit record. In the UK the record became a #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart for 2 weeks. It is said that The Three Degrees became the first all female group to top the UK charts since The Supremes did it in 1964. The Three Degrees were awarded a “Gold Record” for their multi-million seller. They would chart a few more hits on the R&B chart but would not chart another Hot 100 hit.
The song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It is a love song asking the question of when will we see each other again and share special moments or are we just friends meant to go our separate ways. The single was recorded on Philadelphia International Records. The Three Degrees including members, Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool continue to perform their magic sounds in 2011.
CLICK ON A TITLE BELOW TO HEAR…THE THREE DEGREES SING THEIR CLASSIC HITS FROM 1974.
Till the next time—Joe