♪ Tighten Up ♪

James Brown’s version of Tighten Up   (1968)

And the original Archie Bell and the Drells version

Archie Bell and the Drells

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  1. deejayoh commented on May 24

    Thanks for posting! That’s been one of my favorites since I found it on one of those Atlantic R&B retrospectives.

    Need to play it as the backdrop for the financial news…

  2. Paul commented on May 24

    In all fairness, Archie Bell was a DJ in Houston, and the Drells were a TSU lab band, if I remember correctly. Fun, you gotta admit. But admittedly, no Maceo Parker.

  3. brion commented on May 25

    i chuckled a bit when i saw Archie’s “greatest hits”
    A & the Drells were 1 hit wonders as far as i knew, with “tighten up” occupying a place in the soul/funk pantheon akin to “angel baby”.
    Raw, fucked up, simple beyond belief, human scaled and COOL.

  4. Jim commented on May 25

    Actually, Brion, Archie and the Drells had many hits over the years, first as a soul/funk band in the late sixties, and then as a soul/disco outfit on TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia — the label of Gamble and Huff and many excellent soul/disco artists) in the mid-seventies. And his voice is excellent throughout.

    Search for Archie on YouTube, and you will find many songs, although they are skewed to the TSOP era.

    Thanks for this, Barry.

  5. Jesse Livermore commented on May 25

    Love It. When I was a student in the 60’s at the University of Illinois Larry Lujack a Chicago radio DJ broadcasted a mythical football game featuring the Illinois football team (one of the worst in the nation) against Archie Bell and the Drells. Instead of the National Anthem Archie played “Tighten Up.” Funny, funny skit. Brings back memories. That’s why I read this blog.

  6. ed in texas commented on May 25

    Trivia point from the Houston area:
    Charlie Robinson, who played rhythm guitar for Archie Bell & The Drells, was also ‘Mac’ the court clerk on ‘Night Court’.

  7. Clay commented on May 25

    Simple tune, fun to play and watch people dance to this song. I played organ for a seven piece dance band(soul and rock music) in ’68 and ’69. This was a very popular dance song at that time. Brings back memories. Thanks Barry.

  8. Clay commented on May 25

    Simple tune, fun to play and watch people dance to this song. I played organ for a seven piece dance band(soul and rock music) in ’68 and ’69. This was a very popular dance song at that time. Brings back memories. Thanks Barry.

  9. Clay commented on May 25

    Simple tune, fun to play and watch people dance to this song. I played organ for a seven piece dance band(soul and rock music) in ’68 and ’69. This was a very popular dance song at that time. Brings back memories. Thanks Barry.

  10. Meredith commented on May 25

    I grew up in the Galveston-Houston area and remember seeing the TSU Tornados many times during the ’60’s…really great band in their own right…I think they were the lab band that eventually backed Archie Bell…

  11. catman commented on May 25

    Fun stuff, JBs guys are smoking and relentless.

  12. Clay commented on May 25

    If my earlier post which appears 3 times resulted from something I did, please accept my apology. Not sure how that happened.

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