It was in 1967 that Archie Bell would forever be a part of music history when he penned the international hit Tighten Up. In the first part of the song, Archie added his now famous intro, “Hi everybody, I’m Archie Bell of the Drells, we’re from Houston, Texas and we dance as good as we walk”. Archie had heard a deejay say that nothing good ever came out of Texas after the assassination of President Kennedy. Archie knew otherwise and wanted everyone to know he was proud of being a Texan.
Concert dates began to pour in, including appearances on the iconic American Bandstand. And the hits just kept on coming. The phrase Tighten Up was slang in the 1960’s for being cool and not worrying. Released during Archie’s service in the Army, Tighten Up sold 200,000 copies in just two days in New York. The record went gold and the rest is history. Archie returned from Germany to perform this song for thousands of adoring fans on tours throughout the United States.
Through his recordings, radio airplay, and personal appearances in venues ranging from roadhouses on the “Chitlin’ Circuit to Carnegie Hall, Archie has brought moments of magic to millions of adoring fans.
Today, Archie Bell continues to be a solo artist performing worldwide. He also is a writer, arranger, producer and manages select new artists.
Archie proudly announces the release of his new album [title??]. This musical treasure features up to date remakes of his hits including Tighten Up, plus original songs that deliver his unique blend of soulful rhythm and blues.