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(Pat Upton)

Columbia 44741

No. 12   June 14, 1969




The Sacramento-based Spiral Staircase had been work­ ing the varnish off of their tootsies for half a

decade before they received their first and only national notice.   For years, they paid their dues in home-

town liquor holes and tacky Reno/Tahoe lounges.   When SONNY KNIGHT “discovered” the  Spirals at a

Las Vegas gig, they consisted of Pat Upton (lead vocals, guitar), Harvey Kaye (organ), Dick Lopes (sax),

Vinny Parello (drums), and Bobby Raymond (bass).


Sonny liked their stuff, and approached their man­ ager about cutting some sides on the group for Colum­

bia Records.   Upton’s brassy “More Today Than Yester­day,” the Spiral Staircase’s second single, was a

shiny success.   Two follow-ups charted–“No One for Me to Turn To” (#52, 1969) and “She’s Ready”

(#72, 1970)­–and their future seemed bright.


Horns were hot at that point in pop history: Chica­go (Transit Authority) was waiting in the wings, and

Blood, Sweat & Tears was invading the Top 10.   Unfor­tunately, Spiral Staircase could not re-create their

record’s sophisticated brass arrangements in a live set­ting, since they didn’t blow their own horns.   Pop

fans were sticklers–at this point–for authenticity: a brassy band had to have brass, simple as that.

Abruptly, the end was at hand.   Nothing further made of vinyl and stuffed in a sleeve by this band ever

made the charts again.


Well into the ’90s, Pat Upton has been working the oldies circuit, singing again and yet again, possibly

more than ever: “More Today Than Yesterday.”