When Will I see These Three Again?

Welcome back, people. And here we are with just three days to go!

That’s right; start thinking about the sun rising before 715am. (What a concept, right?!)

In any event, let’s talk music again today. Yeah, let’s look at a group that started 60 years ago and is still out there performing today.

I’m guessing that a lot of you have heard some of this Philadelphia, PA-based girl group’s hits over the years, everything from their most famous, “When Will I See You Again,” (1973) to “The Toast of Love” (1976) and their featured background vocals on “The Sound of Philadelphia,” (1974). (Yeah, that’s them singing the refrain, “It’s time to get down…” If you don’t know it, please plan to dial it up on Youtube. Great stuff!)

As for the band itself, given the band name Three Degrees, would it surprise you that there have actually been 16 different members over the years?

The original members, Fayette Pinkney, Shirley Porter and Linda Turner were with the band for the first few years (1963-1967), and then the trio of Pinkney, Valerie Holiday and Sheila Ferguson took over from 1967 to 1976. And that trio went on to record the group’s biggest hits, including, and as mentioned, “When Will I see You Again,” which climbed as high as number two on the U.S. Charts. (And the hit single made it all the way to the top of the charts in the U.K.)

All told, the following were – and are – the group’s members over the years:

1. Miquel Brown
2. Vera Brown
3. Sheila Ferguson
4. Cynthia Garrison
5. Sonia Gloring
6. Rhea Harris
7. Janet Harmon
8. Valerie Holiday
9. Janet Jones
10. Fayette Pinkney
11. Freddi Poole
12. Shirley Porter
13. Helen Scott
14. Sundray Tucker
15. Linda Turner
16. Victoria Wallace

And today, the lineup consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott, and Freddie Poole.

Wishing you all a fabulous night, as we continue to creep closer to our mountain top. (Yeah, that’s a little hyperbolic, even for me, but we’re in this together, right?)

Thanks for hanging in there with me, gang. Almost home.


@Copyright 2023 by John L. Fischer

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