Archie Bell & The Drells

Archie Bell & The Drells

Profile:
Soul vocal group from Houston, Texas.
Active from 1967 to 1980.
They released three albums at Atlantic and four at Philadelphia International Records.
Archie Bell formed the group while at high school and after their first local hit at Houston, "Tighten Up", Atlantic offered them a contract, in 1967.
Initially the line up consisted of James Wise (2), Willie Pernell, L.C. Watts, Cornelius Fuller.
In 1969 they started a succesful carrer at Philadelphia International Records.
After breaking up, Archie Bell released a solo album at Becket Records.
The group went on performing.
During the 1990s the line-up included Steve "Stevie G." Guettler (guitar, vocals), Jeff "JT" Strickler (bass guitar, vocals), Steve Farrell (guitar, vocals), Mike Wilson (keyboards, vocals) and Wes Armstrong (drums, vocals).
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Archie Bell & The Drells Discography

Albums

Archie Bell & The Drells Tighten Up (Album) Atlantic Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells I Can't Stop Dancing (Album) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells There's Gonna Be A Showdown (Album) Atlantic Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Dance Your Troubles Away (Album) TSOP Japan 1975 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Where Will You Go When The Party's Over (Album) Philadelphia International Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Hard Not To Like It (Album) Philadelphia International Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Strategy (Album) Philadelphia International Records US 1979 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Archie Bell & The Drells She's My Woman, She's My Girl (Single) Ovide US 1967 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Dog Eat Dog / Tighten Up (Single) Ovide US 1967 Sell This Version
226 Archie Bell & The Drells A Soldiers Prayer 1967 / On In One(7") Ovide 226 US 1967 Sell This Version
55102 Archie Bell & The Drells She's My Woman, She's My Girl / The Yankee Dance(7", Single) East-West Music Inc. 55102 US 1967 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells I Can't Stop Dancing (Single) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells "There's Gonna Be A" Showdown (Single) Atlantic Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Tighten Up (Single) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Do The Choo Choo (Single) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
DT 1091 Archie Bell & The Drells "There's Gonna Be A" Showdown / Do The Choo Choo(7", Single) Atlantic DT 1091 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells I Love My Baby / Just A Little Closer (Single) Atlantic US 1969 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Deal With Him / Wrap It Up (Single) Atlantic US 1969 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Girl You're Too Young (Single) Atlantic US 1969 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells My Balloon's Going Up (Single) Atlantic US 1969 Sell This Version
45-2612 Archie Bell And The Drells* Just A Little Closer(7", Single, Promo) Atlantic 45-2612 US 1969 Sell This Version
45-2768 Archie Bell & The Drells Wrap It Up(7", Single, Promo) Atlantic 45-2768 US 1969 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Get It From The Bottom / I Wish (Single) Atlantic US 1970 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Don't Let The Music Slip Away / Houston Texas Atlantic US 1970 Sell This Version
Archie Bell & The Drells Archie's In Love (Single) Atlantic US 1971 Sell This Version

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CykoMF

CykoMF

February 9, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
Jlrake, the bio's are created by well meaning members just like yourself.

While these guys did have a single released on East-West (#2048 from 1968) titled She's My Woman, there is also an older pressing of Tighten Up from 1967. It was released on the Ovide label, Cat # 228.
This pressing is VERY hard to find so it's no surprise that one has not been listed yet either.
It was reissued by Atlantic as Cat # 2478 Dog Eat Dog / Tighten Up which is the exact same Cat # as Tighten Up.

They were on Atlantic until 1973 when they did a few titles on Glades before moving over to TSOL/ Philadelphia International. There were a couple other 1 of labels in the early 80's as well.


jlrake

jlrake

October 5, 2013
Who edits the bio' blurbs here?! It says above that the group moved to Philadelphia International Records in 1969, but the very discography above testifies to their not having released anything on a label other than Atlantic until '75! Also, earlier today I heard on a syndicated '60s oldies&rarities radio show a single of hteirs pre-dating their Atlantic tenure, released on East West Records.

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