The Three Degrees
Discovered in Philadelphia by producer and songwriter Richard Barrett in 1963, the soul vocal group, the Three Degrees, recorded until the 1990s and continues to tour. Originally Fayette Pickney, Shirley Porter and Linda Turner, Linda Turner and Shirley Porter were soon replaced by Helen Scott and Janet Jones. In 1963 Sheila Ferguson replaced Helen Scott; in 1967 Valerie Holiday replaced Janet Jones; around 1976 Fayette Pickney was replaced by returning member Helen Scott; In 1986 Victoria Wallace replaced Sheila Ferguson; and in the 1990s the group was made up of Helen Scott, Valerie Holiday, and new member Cynthia Garrison.
In 1970, they scored their first national chart hit with a remake of the Chantels' "Maybe". In 1973, their single, "Dirty Ol' Man," was a disco hit. In the summer of 1974 "When Will I See You Again" went platinum, selling over two million copies. To date the group, in its many incarnations, has released thirty-five albums. They currently hold the Guinness Book Of World Records title for the "Longest Running Female Vocal Trio."
There is nothing masonic in their song lyrics, or masonic significance in their name.