Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Presenting the Three Degrees 

The Three Degrees, the Philadelphia-based singing trio, are the Sanfords' house-guests. The ladies perform "I Didn't Know" for Fred.


Peter Baldwin


Ilunga Adell, Ray Galton ("Steptoe and Son" created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Sheila Ferguson Sheila Ferguson ... Sheila Ferguson (as The Three Degrees)
Valerie Holiday Valerie Holiday ... Valerie Holiday (as The Three Degrees)
Fayette Pinkney Fayette Pinkney ... Fayette Pinkney (as The Three Degrees)
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Jim Cato Jim Cato ... M.C.
Kurt Taylor Kurt Taylor ... Kurt Taylor
Ernest Mayhand Ernest Mayhand ... Slick Skillet
Leroy Daniels Leroy Daniels ... Lucky Leroy
Dwan Smith ... Waitress
Juan DeCarlos Juan DeCarlos ... Bouncer
Bob Gordon Bob Gordon ... Gabriel Gordon


The Three Degrees, the Philadelphia-based singing trio, are the Sanfords' house-guests. The ladies perform "I Didn't Know" for Fred.

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Release Date:

5 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Three degrees also appeared in The French Connection as a singing group while Popeye Doyle was scouting his suspect s. See more »


Fred G. Sanford: I like my coffee like I like my women: sweet, hot, and... without cream.
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I Didn't Know
Performed by The Three Degrees
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The Three Degrees on the cusp of superstardom
11 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Presenting the Three Degrees" opens with Rollo and Lamont boasting about becoming the new managers of Philadelphia girl group The Three Degrees (Valerie Holiday, Fayette Pinkney, Sheila Ferguson), a successful trio dating back to 1963. Fred happily welcomes three beautiful singers into his home, all grateful enough to cook breakfast and cover his face with kisses. He and pool hall buddies Bubba, Skillet, and Leroy attend the girls' talent competition at the Safari Club, certain to make the big time in Las Vegas. Fred's entourage mercilessly heckles the on stage talent until management gives them all the boot, including the girls (Lamont ends up with a bloody nose). The girls enjoy a happy ending though, returning to Philly for a three week engagement. In real life, they were just on the cusp of superstardom, with "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" topping the charts within months of this October 1973 broadcast. Fortunately, we do get to hear an acapella version of "I Didn't Know," officially recorded and released as the B-side of "When Will I See You Again," exactly one year after this performance. Slick Skillet and Lucky Leroy (third of five) would be back for two more episodes, always as a team.

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