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Jamsource/Runway Magazine Chit Chat with The Legendary Archie Bell
Interview By: Ssugah Chaney

Ssugah Chaney, Archie Bell, Carolyn Baker

The legendary Archie Bell introduced the song "Tighten Up" in 1967, he was transforming from the GI blues. Bell was depressed because of the treatment he received from Uncle Sam to the Vietnam War.

Bell's move from the blues to R&B was not a mistake, it started his road to success with a #1 hit R&B song, but also a national dance craze. The song's idea came to him while hanging with friend Billy Butler, one of the original Drell’s while on military leave. Butler started dancing a dance Bell was unfamiliar with so he asked the name of the dance. "He told me it was a brand new dance called the "Tighten Up." From there I started writing the song," Bell stated.

The introduction of the song, "Hi everybody, we're Archie Bell and the Drells from Houston, Texas," was written to dispel a disc jockey's statement that "nothing ever good came out of Texas," referring to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

"Tighten Up," with its well-known introduction and soulful beat, is one of the most memorable dance songs from the late 1960s.

Booking:
C.P. Productions – Houston, Texas
Gravesjbell944@aol.com
(281) 458-5231 * Juanita

 

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