Three Degrees- ST

This little gem was $4.  I got it to diversify the blog which is much needed given where the second half of September is heading.  What is this you say?  Well, stay tuned to find out.

Formed in Philadelphia, and rising up with the Philadelphia Sound of the 1970’s, The Three Degrees started their career in 1963..  This is the second studio album and the first on Philadelphia International Records, the label of Gamble and Huff (and Thom Bell).  Released in 1973, this features the group with the lineup that brought them their biggest hits.  This lineup, which formed from 1967- 1976, featured original member Fayette Pinkney along with Valerie Holiday, and Shelia Ferguson.  Consequently, a version led by Holiday still performs today.

Link to The Three Degrees’ Web Site

Anyway, back to the record, it was among one of their most successful and spawned four singles; “Dirty Ol’ Man”, “I Didn’t Know”, “Year of Decision” and ” When Will I See You Again”, which went to #2 in the US and #1 in the UK.

For a sample, I decided to go with “Can’t You See What You Are Doing To Me”.

Pretty good album.  Satisfactory.


The Andrew Sisters- Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

DSCN4202I think this was $5.00 bucks at a record show.  I thought it was a Greatest Hits collection.  In actuality, it is the greatest hits that Pickwick could afford to pay for.  Perhaps I was thrown off by the trippy album cover.  Anyway, bottom line, screwed by Pickwick yet again.13687098_FILE - JANUARY 30 Singer Patty Andrews of the Andrews Sisters has died of natural causes 2

The Andrew Sisters were one of the premier female vocal groups of the 1940’s.  Hailing from Minnesota, they sold “well” over 75 million records as well as entertained troops during WWII.  They are all dead, the last survivor being Patty who died at age 94 in 2013.

Tribute Page

I recently saw Abbott and Costello’s “Buck Privates” which featured the Sisters doing their big hit, “The Boogie Woogie  Bugle Boy”.  First off, I was kind of taken aback at the sexism in the 1940s.  Second, I found it funny that Hollywood could make people think that the army actually had servers in it.  But besides this, I found Abbot and Costello very funny and the Sisters’ performance very good.

I was trying to find a better video and I stumbled on this which I found interesting.

And of course, it would be derelict of me not to mention the use of the Sisters in Bioshock.

Like I stated above, this is a collection of songs packaged on the budget Pickwick label.  I believe the biggest hit on here is “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree”.  There are also some tropical numbers such as “My Little Grass shack”, “Rum and Coca Cola”, and “Ciribiribin” .DSCN4203

For a sample, I picked “Pistol Packin’ Mama”.


It is an alright album but not worth the $5.00 I paid.  So meh.  I have not meh’d in along time.  Feels kinda good.