Valentine’s theatre audience in for a treat at Barking’s Broadway with celebrated vocal group

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 February 2015

The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees

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The world’s longest-serving female vocal group – that’s a Guinness World Record – is back for the first time in four years.

Incredibly, The Three Degrees’ show at Barking’s The Broadway theatre marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first single release – Gee Baby (I’m Sorry).

The group announced and started a UK tour in mid-January and will close the first leg with the Valentine’s Day show in Barking, following which they will head to Japan – before returning to Britain in the summer.

Valerie Holiday, who joined the group in 1967, said: “For us, it is still exciting and we still enjoy our work,

“We are blessed with a wide age group appeal from 15 to 65.”

The Pennsylvania soul trio began their career in 1963 when they were brought together by veteran writer and producer Richard Barrett, who produced the band’s first hit for Swan Records two years later.

They moved on to international record labels in New York and enjoyed a string of top five hits and albums during the 1970s.

That set them on a career path to the UK, where they performing at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles’s 30th birthday celebration.

Helen Scott, a member since 1963 – though she left for a decade in 1966 – added: “We have opened a lot of doors for other entertainers. In some cases, we may not have always succeeded but we have never given up.

“It still amazes me when we see teenagers singing along with our songs – but we still have the fans who have grown with us.”

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