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The Three Degrees is an American female vocal group from Philadelphia, PA. Although 15 women have been members over the years, the group has always been a trio. The Three Degrees was formed in Philadelphia, PA in 1965. The original members were Fayette Pinkney, Shirley Porter and Linda Turner. Turner and Porter were replaced by Janet Harmon and Helen Scott. The trio was discovered by songwriter/producer Richard Barrett, who produced the single “Gee Baby (I’m Sorry)” for Swan Records in 1965. The Three Degrees released several singles, including “I’m Gonna Need You” and a remake of the Chantels hit “Maybe” in 1966. Meanwhile, Barrett became the manager of singer Sheila Ferguson, who had been friends with Scott since high school. Ferguson was signed to Swan Records. When Scott left the group to start a family, Ferguson filled in for her. Ferguson remained with the group for 20 years and sang lead on most of the group’s best selling tracks. Harmon left the group in 1967 and was replaced by Valerie Holiday. Barrett signed the group to recording contracts with Warner Bros., Metromedia and Neptune, releasing the singles “I Do Take You” and “You’re The Fool.” In 1973, Barrett signed the group to Philadelphia International Records where under Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff they had their greatest success. Their first recording for the label was with the studio band MFSB and titled “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)”, which became the theme song for the television dance show Soul Train. Their debut self titled album featured the hits “Dirty Ol Man”, “Year Of Decision” and “When Will I See You Again.” “When Will I See You Again” topped the UK charts for two weeks in August 1974 and became the fourth best selling single of the year. It also reached No. 2 in the U.S. and sold two million copies and earned the trio a gold record in December 1974. The group parted ways with Gamble and Huff in 1976 and signed with CBS/Sony/Epic Records. The group switched labels once again and released several albums, but couldn’t duplicate their prior success. After several line up changes, the group now consists of Helen Scott, Valerie Holiday and Freddie Pool. They have recorded the albums “Maybe” (1970), “The Three Degrees” (1973), “International” (1975), “A Toast Of Love” (1976), “Standing Up For Love” (1977), “New Dimensions” (1978), “3D” (1979), “Album Of Love” (1982), “And Holding” (1989), “Out Of The Past, Into The Future” ((1993), “Christmas With The Three Degrees” (1998), “Undercover 2009” (2009) and “Strategy Our Tribute To Philadelphia.” (2016).