Magazine Chit Chat with The Legendary Archie
By: Ssugah Chaney
Chaney, Archie Bell, Carolyn Baker
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
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 Drells
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,"
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.
Up," with its well-known introduction and
soulful beat, is one of the most memorable dance
songs from the late 1960s.
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