The Three Degrees hit town

The Three Degrees.
The Three Degrees.

“Ahhhh...oooh...precious moments!” If, like Prince Charles, you’re a fan of The Three Degrees, you will remember the classic line from their biggest ever hit.

In 1974 the female trio topped the charts with ‘When Will I See You Again’ before playing the song at the future King’s 30th birthday party four years later.

Now more than 40 years after hitting the top spot, The Three Degrees are coming to Morecambe with glamour, glitter and loads of nostalgia.

Their show this Saturday night at the Platform will include other massive hits such as ‘Givin’ Up Givin’ In’, ‘Woman in Love’ and ‘Take Good Care of Yourself’.

Although a total of 15 women have been members over the years, the group has always been a trio.

From 1967-1976, the line-up was Fayette Pinkney, Valerie Holiday and Sheila Ferguson, who would go on to sing lead on most of the groups biggest hits.

Valerie Holiday remains with the line up today, joined by Helen Scott and Freddie Pool.

Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1963, The Three Degrees were brought together by veteran writer and producer, Richard Barrett, who produced the band’s first hit Gee Baby, for Philly-based record label, Swan Records.

In 1970, they signed with the New York-based Roulette Records and had a top five hit with the remake of The Chantels song Maybe, with Valerie Holiday on lead vocals and her unforgettable rap. During this time, the trio made a cameo appearance in the movie The French Connection, portraying themselves, in a cabaret scene.

In 1972, in a major career move, the trio signed with Gamble and Huff’s acclaimed label Philadelphia International Records.

They made an immediate splash with the disco hit Dirty Ol’ Man before scoring their number one UK smash.

After releasing one album on Epic Records in 1976, two years later, they teamed up with Giorgio Moroder (of Donna Summer fame)

Ever since, The Three Degrees have constantly toured all over the world, occasionally recording but always working.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £25 from 01524 582803 or www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform-tickets or from Morecambe Visitor Information Centre at the Platform.