The 7th #1 song of 1968 was Tighten Up by Archie Bell and The Drells. Of the sixteen songs to hit #1 in 1968 this would be the song that I have heard the least amount of times without question. Archie Bell and The Drells were an R&B group from Houston, Texas. Tighten Up was their first hit and their biggest. They would go on to have three Top 40 hit in their career. It is considered as one of the first funk hits.
Soon after recording the song Archie Bell was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam. The song then took off and quickly rose to #1.
Archie Bell’s brother Ricky Bell a decade later would be an All-American running back at USC and the #1 pick in the 1977 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Bucs.