The Upward Movement originated from Richmond Hill, New York. Band members were George Mangold (Lead Singer), Chuck Newman (Lead Guitar), Bobby Capielo (Hammond B3 Organ), Chuck Frohnhoefer, (Bass) and Manny Cantone (Drums). Chuck Frohnhoefer was eventually replaced by Ritchie Barber (Bass) and Manny Cantone was replaced by Adolph Galella.
The band was originally called The Sunsets when they appeared at the New York Worlds Fair in 1965.
The group played at clubs along side The Illusion, The Rich Kids, The Vagrants, Childe Harold, Jay & The Techniques. Patti Belle & the Blue Bells to name a few.
Clubs that they played at included the Action House, Central Inn, Mickeys Part 2, One Eyed Jack, Bay Lounge, Trude Hellers, Peppermint Lounge, Yesterdays, Grassy Point and the Beach House in Long Beach.