There were a lot of one hit wonders in the 60s and 70s. Often, that one hit solidified a musician or group's place in the annals of music history. Sacramento, California's own Spiral Staircase released "More Today Than Yesterday" in 1969 and it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. While it was one of two chart-topping hits, it would become a signature song of the late 60s, early 70s. With lead singer Pat Upton's mellifluous vocals and vibrant horns, the song is a happiness anthem.
Even though it was released in 1969, its exuberance is a perfect lead-in to the free love, sunny 70s. While the Vietnam War was still going on, it did end in the mid-70s, which is the time disco became popular. The 60s was much freer than previous decades, but almost too radical. The 70s was more refined, calmer radicalism. "More Today Than Yesterday" perfectly encapsulates how the 70s had more to offer than previous decades.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.