Freddi Poole

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Freddi Pool
GenresR&B/pop/soul
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1960s - current
Associated actsThe Three Degrees Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, Formerly of the Supremes

Freddi Pool is an American singer, known best for her work with the Former Ladies of the Supremes and The Three Degrees.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Raised in Los Angeles, she started her singing career in the church at the age of four, and got her first recording contract at the age of fourteen with the girl group "The Delicates". The quartet recorded several singles for the Challenge, Soultown, and Pulsar Record labels. Pool went on to become a founding member of the female trio: Wild Honey. R&B star Vesta Williams, and Mary Flowers were her groupmates. Ron Townson (of The 5th Dimension) was their mentor. The group disbanded in the early 1980s. Freddi's impressive list of musical associations include performances with Lola Falana, former Supreme Jean Terrell, Lisa Stansfield, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Ron Townson, and Sammy Davis, Jr.. Her television appearances include The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show. Freddi has also recorded and performed with Liza Minnelli, Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson. She managed her own 12-piece band "The Motorcity Angels" and prior to joining Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence's group, Freddi was touring extensively with the legendary Motown songstress Gladys Knight.

Former Ladies of the Supremes[edit]

In July 1996, Freddi replaced Sundray Tucker in the Former Ladies of the Supremes. In September 2009, it was reported via Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence's website that Freddi would be no longer a part of "The Ladies", instead, Joyce Vincent, formerly of Tony Orlando and Dawn, had taken her place.

The Three Degrees[edit]

In January 2011, Poole replaced Cynthia Garrison in The Three Degrees, who was suffering from Piriformis syndrome and could no longer tour with the group. As of 2021, Poole was still a member of the Three Degrees.

Discography[edit]

Freddie Pool - Driving Wheel Records

  • The Utrecht Sessions - CD EP - Released March 2014
  • Young Hearts Run Free (Radio Mix) - Digital Download Single - Released August 2014
  • Young Hearts Run Free (The Remixes) - Digital Download Single - Released March 2015
  • I Will Survive - Digital Download Single - Released June 2015
  • I Will Survive (Berlin Remixes) - Digital Download Single/Maxi CD - Released January 2017
  • Young Hearts Run Free (Rinaldo Montezz Remix) - Digital Download Single - Released November 2018
  • I Will Survive (Rinaldo Montezz Freddie Goes To Rio Remix) - Digital Download Single - Released February 2020

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arena, James (19 June 2013). First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers. McFarland. p. 168. Retrieved 17 August 2018 – via Internet Archive. Freddi Poole.
  2. ^ MacKenzie, Alex (17 August 2018). The Life and Times of the Motown Stars. Together Publications LLP. ISBN 9781842260142. Retrieved 17 August 2018 – via Google Books.

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