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The Three Degrees began in the early 60s as the original trio of Fayette Pinkney, Shirley Porter, and Linda Turner - but the group underwent many member changes throughout their long history, so keeping track of the lineup changes can be quite a challenge. as far as i could fairly determine, i've added comments to several of the album and compilation groups to indicate the actual lineup in those albums/compilations, though in some cases, the complications extend to recordings by different lineups being included within the same compilations, particularly with boxsets.

useful discography reference (includes exact lineups for each release): http://www.soulfulkindamusic.net/threedegrees.htm

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The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although a total of 15 women have been a member over the years, the group has always been a trio. The current line-up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool. Holiday has been a member since she first joined in 1967, while Scott has been a permanent member since 1976, having previously been in the group from 1963-1966. The group has been most successful in the UK, were they achieved 15 top 60 hit singles between 1974 and 1998.

The original members were Fayette Pinkney, Shirley Porter and Linda Turner. Porter and Turner were soon replaced by Janet Harmon and Helen Scott. From 1967-1976, the line-up was Pinkney, Valerie Holiday and Sheila Ferguson, who would go on to sing lead on most of the groups biggest hits. This line-up was responsible for recording the first three (of seven) UK top 20 hits, including the 1974 single "When Will I See You Again", which was a huge international hit, peaking at #2 in the US and topping the UK Singles Chart. When Pinkney left the group in 1976, she was replaced by a returning Helen Scott. This line-up had four more UK top twenty hits, including "Woman in Love", which reached #3 in 1979. Ferguson left for a solo career in 1986.

The groups most stable line-up was from 1989-2010, with Cynthia Garrison joining Holiday and Scott. This trio gave the group their final UK chart entry, reaching #54 in 1998 with a dance cover of "Last Christmas". Garrison was forced to leave the band at the end of 2010 due to health reasons and was replaced by Freddie Pool in 2011.


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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Maybe (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 1
1973 The Three Degrees (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 5
1975 International (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 3 4
1976 A Toast of Love (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 1
1977 Standing Up for Love (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney/Scott) The Three Degrees 2
1978 New Dimensions (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) The Three Degrees 3
1979 3D (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) The Three Degrees 3
1985 Album of Love (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) The Three Degrees 1
1989 …And Holding (Scott, Holiday, Wallace) The Three Degrees 1
1993 Out of the Past, Into the Future (Scott, Holiday, Garrison) The Three Degrees 1
1998 Christmas With The Three Degrees (Scott, Holiday, Garrison) The Three Degrees 1
2004 Greatest Hits (Scott, Holiday, Garrison - new recordings, not a compilation) The Three Degrees 3
2009 Undercover 2009 (Scott, Holiday, Garrison) The Three Degrees 1
2012 Maybe / So Much Love (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 20 Greatest Hits (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1992 The Complete Swan Recordings (Swan era, circa 1963–70) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1993 The Very Best of The Three Degrees (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott / Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1995 The Great (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1995 The Roulette Years (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1995 The Very Best of The Three Degrees (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1996 The Best of The Three Degrees: When Will I See You Again (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1997 The Best of The 3 Degrees (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
1998 When Will I See You Again (may not be Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
2001 Greatest Hits (cover shows Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney, but tracks are mixed) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
2002 Super Hits (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) Compilation The Three Degrees 1
2006 Signs of Love (Pinkney, Scott, Harmon; Swan era singles compilation, circa 1963-66) Compilation The Three Degrees 5 1
Hits and More... Compilation The Three Degrees 1
When Will I See You Again (mixed bag of tracks) Compilation The Three Degrees 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 The Three Degrees Live (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney; live, 1975: Leicester, UK) Live The Three Degrees 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Maybe / Collage (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 1
1973 Dirty Ol' Man / Can't You See What You're Doing to Me The Three Degrees 1
1976 Dirty Ol' Man / When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees 2
1976 Toast of Love / Do It (Ferguson, Holiday, Pinkney) The Three Degrees 1
1978 Giving Up, Giving In (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) The Three Degrees 1
1979 My Simple Heart / Hot Summer Night (Ferguson, Holiday, Scott) The Three Degrees 1
1985 The Heaven I Need The Three Degrees 1
1988 TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) MFSB feat. The Three Degrees 1
1998 Last Christmas Alien Voices feat. The Three Degrees 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees 1

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