The Three Degrees – TSOP / Dirty Ol’ Man [VIDEO]

Backed by a full orchestra, 70s disco divas The Three Degrees performed a medley of their hits last week at the Max Proms in the Netherlands. The group is due to release a tribute to Philly soul/disco which includes covers of hits by The O-Jays, The Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and more. Their lineup has gone through many changes since it was first formed in 1963 and fifteen women have performed with them over those 52 years. Lead vocalist Valerie Holiday has been with the group since 1967 and Helen Scott first joined in 1963, returning in 1976. Freddie Pool joined in 2011.

  • bambinoitaliano

    This is still my all time favourite from them.

    • Steverino

      Yes, that is OUR song! Hubby played it on the tape deck of his 1970 ‘Cuda at the conclusion of our first date, which we count as our anniversary date (May 15, 1975). I still tear up when I hear it, even as background Muzak at the grocery store. Can be quite embarrassing at times!

      We placed that tape in our niche at the San Francisco Columbarium, where in the future, we will be together and see each other forever.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Yes this songs remind me of many individuals. One of them pass away from AIDS. He had a regular drag acts with a couple of his friends. This song was use as their regular closing performance.

        • Mark

          Still miss the love of my life and made me think of him – fondly and sadly too.

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          • Mark

            Thanks! A long long time ……

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    • paganguy

      I love that song, but I think my favorite is a toss up between this:

  • DaddyRay

    Anyone else wonder if they ever were going to start singing – it was almost a minute and a half into the video

    • JoeMyGod

      To be fair, TSOP is really an instrumental.

      • DaddyRay

        Well that explains a lot – I thought they were just going to stand there and dance and I really wanted to hear them perform

    • paganguy

      And throughout the whole intro, the voice in my head kept saying “Soooooul Train”.

  • JoeMyGod

    The choreography! The wigs! The harmonies!

    • Lawerence Collins

      For me no one can top Donna Summer’s eighteen minute version of MacAurther Park.

      • Paige Turner

        Don’t start me on a Macarthur park-off.

        This is Andy Williams in 1972 in glorious Quadraphonic with a full orchestra.
        The arrangement and the orchestrations are superb and he hits those high notes at the end showing off his 3 Octave range.

        An uninteresting youtube clip but with a quad turntable for the audiophiles in the audience.

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    Sweet interview with Uishi –

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  • Tempus Fuggit

    Fantastic. Would’ve liked a full-length rendition of TSOP.

  • Paige Turner

    That was fabulous. Love the arrangement. Nothing says 1970’s like a full orchestra and back up singers. What an era.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Suddenly it’s 1976 again and I’m back in my old haunts behind the Academy of Music, south of Rittenhouse Square, at the Allegro and the Steps, and TSOP was the soundtrack of my young, gay life. Wow.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      Oh, y’mean Funkytown!

  • douglas

    That takes me back to an era of really great music.

  • TheManicMechanic

    TSOP was and still is my favorite song from the disco era.

  • 2karmanot

    Can’t help it: tears The Saint, the Monster, the Dock……….here:

  • noni

    Who are all those old people dancing in the audience? lol