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Album Review

Released on the heels of their number one smash "Tighten Up," this album includes both parts of that classic along with an assortment of southern soul grooves like "Knock on Wood" and "In the Midnight Hour." There's also a fine rendition of Sunny Ozuna's "Give Me Time." Two Archie Bell compositions, "When You Left Heartache Began" and "A Soldier's Prayer," show the soulful Texan's writing and singing skills; the latter initially appeared on Ovide Records in 1967 and "Tighten Up" followed on Ovide the same year. Atlantic Records licensed and re-released "Tighten Up," which blew up while Bell was in the Army. Credit goes to the TSU Tornados, the band accompanying Bell on "Tighten Up."


Born: 01 September 1944 in Henderson, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Archie Bell & the Drells scored a left-field number one hit in 1968 with "Tighten Up," which epitomized the virtues of their music: funky, exuberant, danceable soul out for a rousing good time. Born in Henderson, TX, Bell grew up in Houston and began singing in church. In junior high, he joined a vocal group called Little Pop & the Fireballs, and formed the Drells in high school with friends James Wise, Huey "Billy" Butler, and Joe Cross (later replaced by Willie Pernell). The Drells won...
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