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.