Hit Songs of 1968 – #17

Let’s get funky! It is time for Archie Bell and the Drells to tell you how to “Tighten Up.” That song was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttier and recorded in October 1967. It was a hit in Houston before going national. By the time it was hitting the top of the record charts Archie Bell had been drafted and served in the Army in Germany. On three day breaks he would fly to New York to do other recordings. Meanwhile the group tried to get bookings but when they found out that Archie wasn’t available, the bookings were canceled. “Tighten Up” did sell over a million copies and was issued a Gold Record for those sales. It was group’s biggest hit.

“Tighten Up” was on the top of the Cash Box record chart for two weeks (May 12 – 25, 1968). Then on the Billboard Hot 100 it was at the top for just the week of May 12 – 18.


  1. This one does not sound familiar, Dick. These days it would make a good release for exercise music.


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