Archie Bell’s journey to fame is a captivating story. Archie Bell was born in 1944 in Henderson, Texas. And he was born to sing. That is exactly what he started doing at the early age of five, and played guitar at his church. By the time he was 10, he was singing professionally, mesmerizing crowds with his powerful and soulful singing style, in night clubs in and around Houston.

Archie’s childhood musical foundation then led to his junior high school days when the doors started opening for him. In just a few years he would become a global phenomenon, with chart topping hits. At an early age Archie formed a group that began winning almost all the talent shows they entered.

It was in 1967 that Archie Bell would forever be a part of music history when he penned the international hit Tighten Up. In the first part of the song, Archie added his now famous intro, “Hi everybody, I’m Archie Bell of the Drells, we’re from Houston, Texas and we dance as good as we walk”. Archie had heard a deejay say that nothing good ever came out of Texas after the assassination of President Kennedy. Archie knew otherwise and wanted everyone to know he was proud of being a Texan.

Concert dates began to pour in, including appearances on the iconic American Bandstand. And the hits just kept on coming. The phrase Tighten Up was slang in the 1960’s for being cool and not worrying. Released during Archie’s service in the Army, Tighten Up sold 200,000 copies in just two days in New York. The record went gold and the rest is history. Archie returned from Germany to perform this song for thousands of adoring fans on tours throughout the United States.

Through his recordings, radio airplay, and personal appearances in venues ranging from roadhouses on the “Chitlin’ Circuit to Carnegie Hall, Archie has brought moments of magic to millions of adoring fans.

Today, Archie Bell continues to be a solo artist performing worldwide. He also is a writer, arranger, producer and manages select new artists.

Archie proudly announces the release of his new album [title??]. This musical treasure features up to date remakes of his hits including Tighten Up, plus original songs that deliver his unique blend of soulful rhythm and blues.



Greg Beets The Austin Chronicle

If Neil Armstrong's first word from the moon is history's most important Houston name-check, Archie Bell & the Drells' "Tighten Up" is a close second. When Bell drops his hometown in the 1968 chart-topper, he's telling the world something funky is going down in Space City. Full Article


Amelia Feathers Blues Music Now

When Archie Bell penned the song "Tighten Up" in 1967, he was trying to rid himself of the GI blues. Bell was down and out because of the unwelcome invitation he received from Uncle Sam to the Vietnam War. Full Article


James Poter Rocktober

...and finally - what is a Drell? "A Drell is a gentleman and a well-rounded entertainer. It also means a singin' and dancin' motherf@#ker!" Full Article