Fayette Pinkney

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Fayette Pinkney
Fayette Pinkney, New Victoria Theatre, London, UK 1974.
Background information
Birth name Fayette Regina Pinkney
Born (1948-01-10)January 10, 1948
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 27, 2009(2009-06-27) (aged 61)
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Pop, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, psychologist, vocal coach
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1963–2009
Associated acts The Three Degrees
Website http://www.thethreedegrees.com/

Fayette Regina Pinkney (January 10, 1948 – June 27, 2009) was an American singer and one of the original members of musical group The Three Degrees.

Early life and career

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pinkney 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 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". She traveled 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.[1] She later worked as a counselor and vocal coach and, in addition to singing with her church's inspirational choir, she traveled with a group called the Intermezzo Choir Ministry.[2]

Personal life and death

In 1994, Pinkney gave birth to a daughter, Ayana Alexandria, who died two days later due to sudden infant death syndrome. On June 27, 2009, Pinkney died of acute respiratory failure after a short and sudden illness at the age of 61.[3]


  • One Degree (Chopper Records, 1979)


  1. Sweeting, Adam (July 7, 2009). "Obituary: Fayette Pinkney, The Guardian". London. Retrieved May 2, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. Perrone, Pierre (2009-07-08). "Fayette Pinkney: Singer with the Three Degrees". London: independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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