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Spiral Starecase

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The Spiral Starecase was an American band, best known as a one-hit wonder for their 1969 single “More Today Than Yesterday”.

The band, from Sacramento, California, was a popular 1960s group, recognizable for its horns and lead singer/guitarist Pat Upton’s distinctive voice. The group also included Harvey Kaye (organ), Dick Lopes (saxophone), Bobby Raymond (bass guitar) and Vinny Parello (drums).

Starting as the Fydallions, they released that song, one album, and a few more singles including “No One for Me to Turn To” after signing with Columbia.

The band is known for their hits “More Today Than Yesterday” (U.S. #12), released in January 1969, and the follow-up “She’s Ready”. “More Today Than Yesterday” has been widely covered by, among others, Diana Ross and the band Goldfinger, and was featured in the 1991 film My Girl, on the soundtrack of The Waterboy in 1998, and in an episode of Ally McBeal entitled Silver Bells.

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The group evolved from a four-piece instrumental group called the Fydallions, which formed in 1964 in Sacramento, California, for an Air Force talent contest. After leaving the Air Force, the band went on the road, playing five hour lounge jobs on the Las Vegas circuit. The Fydallions, now a quintet consisting of Dick Lopes (saxophone), Bobby Raymond (bass guitar), Harvey Kaye (keyboards), Vinnie Parello (drums), and Pat Upton (guitar and lead vocals), were noticed by the A&R representative for Columbia Records, Gary Usher, while they were working in El Monte, California.

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  • easterntrees

    not too shabby blue-eyed soul from the end of the 60s. definitely worth some consideration beyond "more today than yesterday." surprisingly, their originals are superior to their covers, particularly "broken-hearted man."

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kissmylips22

    great song!!!

    19 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    I love them more today than yesterday.

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • hermanator05

    AND IF ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE ILL BE SPENDING TIME WITH YOU

    23 Nov 2008 Reply

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