Protégées of producer/songwriter Richard Barrett, Fayette Pickney, Linda Turner and Shirley Porter scored a US hit with their first single, Gee Baby (Im Sorry), in 1965. This Philadelphia-based trio, sponsored by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, secured further pop success the next year with Look In My Eyes, but struggled to sustain this momentum until 1970, when their emphatic reworking of the Chantels standard, Maybe, returned them to the chart. By this point Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday had joined the line-up in place of Turner and Porter. The Three Degrees golden period came on signing with Philadelphia International Records. They shared vocals with MFSB on TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia), the theme song to televisions successful Soul Train show. This US pop and R&B number 1 preceded the trios international hits, Year Of Decision and When Will I...
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