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The Spiral Starecase

The Spiral Starecase may be a one-hit wonder group, but if you're only going to be allotted one, then their "More Today Than Yesterday" is the type of solitary charter you want as your lasting legacy. A bouncy shuffle that has become a heavy rotation staple of oldies radio, the tune sports a simple but well-crafted lyric and a melody that sticks to the brain and refuses to leave. A further look into the group's scant discography reveals that musically, the group was capable of even more hits, had not poor management and sheer bad luck cut their career short.

The group formed in Sacramento, CA as the Fydallions, counting up in their ranks saxman Dick Lopes and bass player Bobby Raymond, Harvey Kaye on organ, Vinnie Parello on drums, and lead vocalist and guitarist Pat Upton, who hailed from Alabama. They auditioned for Columbia Records, who loved the group but hated their name. Lopes cribbed a title from a movie, and with a slight spelling change, the group's name and contract was secured. Assigned to producer Gary Usher, their first two singles were released to regional successes in markets like Phoenix. At this time, Sonny Knight (himself a one-hit wonder with "Confidential" on Dot) was brought in as producer. Upton, encouraged by Usher to write original material for the group, had brought in "More Today Than Yesterday," which became the next single and their breakthrough hit. Considering the long-lasting impact of the song on oldies radio, it seems inconceivable that the tune charted no higher than number 12 nationally. The Starecase released one album and a couple more singles before poor management and squabbles over finances caused the group to splinter by 1969. Harvey Kaye led an ersatz version of the group for a brief period, while Upton fled to session work, eventually joining up with Rick Nelson as a backup vocalist. In the mid-'80s, after Nelson's death, Upton became a staple on the oldies circuit, sounding as wonderful as ever. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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I was deeply in love when thjs song came out.....it was 'our song'. I still love this so much. No I didn't marry him.
Another great one-hit wonder from the 60's.
Pretty good
Everybody thinks its Stevie
curitiba4lif e 5 0
Sounds like Stevie Wonder.
Pat Upton is a sweetheart too. He's fun to be around.
Great song!.....li k e Debra, I just love the lyrics & the memories of my childhood
oliver.santo s 8
Actually, there is only 1 song that I would skip on the entire album. It's that good.
I'd rather have one hit than none like I have.
I always thought this was Stevie Wonder!
Remember singing this song as a child! Still love singing it now!!
debra8593
Love this lyric. I love you more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow!!! I wrote those words on my back of my Senior High School picture to my boyfriend who turned out to be my husband for 33 yrs. Now, he has passed on and I am grieving but music helps and brings back good memories.
One hit wonder. Not the only band to achieve that.

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