A Rockapaedia Obituary
Band: The Three Degrees
Fayette Pinkney died aged sixty-one of acute respiratory failure on 27th June 2009 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Fayette Pinkney, birth name Fayette Regina Pinkney, was born on 10th January 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Fayette was one of three young teenagers brought together by manager Richard Barrett to form The Three Degrees in 1963.
She was a part of the group until she was sacked by the manager Richard Barrett from the group in 1976, and was with them through their great years—with Roulette and Philadelphia International Records—and sang on many of their greatest hits, such as "When Will I See You Again" and "Take Good Care of Yourself".
Fayette travelled to London in January 1979 to record her only solo album, One Degree, which she did in just two weeks, to great acclaim from both her peers and fans.
Fayette subsequently earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Temple University and a Master's degree in human services from Lincoln University in 1984.
She later worked as a counsellor and vocal coach and, in addition to singing with her church's inspirational choir, she travelled with a group called the Intermezzo Choir Ministry.