SPOTLIGHT: ARCHIE BELL
If Neil Armstrong's first word from the moon is history's most important Houston name-check, Archie Bell & the Drells' "Tighten Up" is a close second. When Bell drops his hometown in the 1968 chart-topper, he's telling the world something funky is going down in Space City.
GETTING TIGHT WITH ARCHIE BELL
When Archie Bell penned the song "Tighten Up" in 1967, he was trying to rid himself of the GI blues. Bell was down and out because of the unwelcome invitation he received from Uncle Sam to the Vietnam War.
I'M ARCHIE BELL AND THE DRELLS
...and finally - what is a Drell? "A Drell is a gentleman and a well-rounded entertainer. It also means a singin' and dancin' motherf@#ker!"