Song of the Day: Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up”

I had seriously considered doing the song that followed “Dock Of The Bay” atop the Hot 100, Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey”, today, but I knew you’d be after me with pitchforks, so I chose instead to go with the song that followed “Honey” on the Hot 100, Archie Bell & The Drells’ “Tighten Up.”

Archie Bell & The Drells were from Houston, Texas (as he says at the beginning of “Tighten Up”) and were one of the key groups on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International records. Originally it was the B side to a song called “Dog Eat Dog,” but they were convinced to do otherwise, and it paid off, as the song went to #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart. This belongs to the “everybody but the drummer stop, then come back in one at a time” genre. In this case, the band is the T. S. U. Tornadoes.

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up”

      1. Yes, it definitely sounded “like” other songs of that era. I suppose in general it must have been an interesting time just because electronics were coming in. I remember a Beatles interview where they were talking about experimenting with eight-tracks, which at the time were brand new.


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