Billboard #1 Hits: #201: “Tighten Up”- Archie Bell & The Drells. May 18, 1968. #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single:”TIghten Up”- Archie Bell & The Drells.
  • Record Company-Atlantic
  • Genre: R&B Soul
  • Written by Archie Bell and Bill Buttier
  • Time: 3:15
  • B-side: “Tighten Up Part II”
  • Album- Tighten Up
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

Archie Bell & The Drells and R&B band out of Houston burst out with a #1 hit with their first single “Tighten Up” which also went to #1 on the R&B charts. It is one of the earliest funk hits on the Billboard Pop chart. Rolling Stone ranked it at #265 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. Archie Bell was drafted and was serving in Vietnam when “Tighten Up” took off and went to #1. In the beginning of the song Bell introduces the band as being from Houston, Texas- he was motivated to do this because he had heard a comment after the Kennedy assassination that ‘nothing good comes out of Texas”- Bell wanted the listeners to know where they came from and that they were good.


3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #201:”TIGHTEN UP”-ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS-MAY 18, 1968

  1. Prompted by your blog, Hans, my siblings and I have been doing The 30 Day Song of the Day Challenge to keep connected to one another during the quarantine. I chose this song for “a song from your preteen years”.

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