The Spiral Starecase

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Formed c.1963 in Sacramento, California, USA, Spiral Starecase consisted of Pat Upton (lead singer/guitarist), Harvey Kaye (keyboard player), Dick Lopez (saxophonist), Bobby Raymond (bass player) and Vinny Parello (drums). The band was discovered in 1969 by Sonny Knight (‘Confidential’) while working in Las Vegas, and introduced by him to Columbia Records. After one flop single, they recorded Upton’s ‘More Today Than Yesterday’, an upbeat soul tune with prominent horn backing in the Chicago style. It made number 12 in the US charts and the group released an album which also charted. Follow-up singles did not fare as well, however, and the group disappeared from the national scene by the dawn of the 70s.

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