Celebrating 50 years since Valerie Holiday joined the group in 1967, all-star vocal trio The Three Degrees will head to Coventry this month for a special anniversary concert at the Albany Theatre. Taking place on Saturday 26 August, the gig will see Holiday and her bandmates Helen Scott and Freddie Pool take listeners on a trip back in time with hits from across the decades.
Formed in Philadelphia in 1963, The Three Degrees first rose to international fame with the hit single with “When Will I See You Again” in 1974. Known for their glamorous gowns, flawless choreography and soulful voices, they’ve since gone on to become one of the longest-running and best-loved female vocal groups in music history. In the UK, they have achieved an impressive 13 top 50 hit singles and have been named as a favourite of Prince Charles.
“It was very flattering back then to know that Prince Charles loved our music and it’s still very flattering to this day,” said Holiday. “We always try to give a nice rounded performance, something for everyone, so everybody in audience can have a good evening. I hope everyone who comes along is really ready to have a good time. We’ll do our slower songs but then towards the end everybody stands up and dances around – it’s really exciting!”
Founding member Helen Scott left the group in 1966 before rejoining 10 years later, leaving Holiday as its longest-serving singer despite not being part of the original line-up. Past members have included Fayette Pinkey and Sheila Ferguson, who eventually left to pursue a solo career in 1987.
The Three Degrees have performed in Coventry on several occasions – once using the city centre’s De Vere Hotel (now the Britannia) as their UK tour base – and are looking forward to returning.
“We use different cities as our base and we used Coventry one year. We had a chance to become familiar with the city, headed out to do some shopping and walk around on our off days,” Holiday continued. “The travelling can be hard on tour but for that hour up on stage it’s always fun and makes it all worth it. The crowd reaction is even better than when we first started out, you don’t just get the ‘grown-ups’ in the audience now, we get a lot of younger people coming down which really is very nice.”
The event is being promoted by Coventry-based company Showtime. The Three Degrees are at the Albany Theatre on Saturday 26 August, with doors opening at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £26 and are available from www.showtimelive.co.uk or www.albanytheatre.co.uk.