Fayette Pinkey of the Philadelphia Girl Group Passes

June 29, 2009 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

The Three DegreesFayette Pinkney (January 10, 1948 – June 27, 2009) was an African American singer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was one  of the original members of the female soul group, The Three Degrees.

In the early 1960s, Pinkney was one of three young teenagers brought together by manager Richard Barrett to form The Three Degrees. The group had a cameo in the classic 1971 movie The French Connection starring Gene Hackman where you can see Fayette. Around 1976, Pinkney left the group and was replaced by returning member Helen Scott.

Pinkney subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree from Lincoln University in 1984.

She worked as a counselor and vocal coach. In addition to singing with her church’s inspirational choir, she traveled with a group called the Intermezzo Choir Ministry.

The Three Degrees, together with former member Fayette Pinkney, received various honors during 2007 and 2008, through BEMA and the City of Philadelphia, for their contribution to music over five decades. The four ladies appeared together to receive these awards, creating, for the first time ever, The Four Degrees

Fayette died on Saturday, June 27, 2009. She had been sick for two weeks beforehand, and in the hospital. Her long term friend Helen Scott was with her when she passed.

An Homage to Fayette Pinkney

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