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Dirty Ol' Man

Love Is the Message  

 
The Three Degrees were the first female act on Philly International, landing a #1 crossover hit with "When Will I See You Again" in 1974.  The song was an update of the girl group formula they had used on the 60s hits " Look In My Eyes" and "Maybe."  More noteworthy to dance historians, Valerie Holiday, Fayette Pickney and Sheila Ferguson put their thrilling harmonies to good use on "TSOP" and "Love Is the Message," two of the earliest and fiercest disco groovers.  The hypnotic effect of their unison leads essentially made them an additional percussive instrument to be used at Gamble and Huff's disposal, and they stole the show from MFSB despite minimal participation.  In fact, their most memorable contributions are not the singing, but the wordless phrasing that clinched their status as dancefloor queens.  After leaving PIR, they hooked up with Giorgio Moroder for some Eurodisco singles that failed to make the most of their talent.

Three Degrees' Deepest Grooves

Three Degrees (Philadelphia International, 1973)
Saddled with Gamble and Huff's inability to come to grips with feminism, the Degrees get marketed like dolls on the cover.  They do turn the tables with "Dirty Old Man."

International (Philadelphia International, 1975)

Three Degrees Live (Philadelphia International, 1975)

Best Of (Sony, 1996)

Gee Baby I'm Sorry: The Best of the Swan Years (Collectables, 1997)
For hardcore fans, the highlights of their earliest incarnation at Swan Records.

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