Archie Bell & The Drells

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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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8204 Archie Bell & The Drells - I Can't Stop Dancing album art Archie Bell & The Drells I Can't Stop Dancing (Album, Comp) Atlantic 8204 US 1968 Sell This Version
SAL-932930 Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up album art Archie Bell & The Drells Tighten Up (Album) Atlantic SAL-932930 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
RL 51-8 Archie Bell & The Drells - Young Girl / Tighten Up album art Gary Puckett & The Union Gap / Archie Bell & The Drells Gary Puckett & The Union Gap / Archie Bell & The Drells - Young Girl / Tighten Up(LP, Mono, Transcription) Afrts RL 51-8 US 1968 Sell This Version
ALP 605.028 Archie Bell & The Drells - There's Gonna Be A Showdown album art Archie Bell & The Drells There's Gonna Be A Showdown (Album) Atlantic ALP 605.028 Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
TL-132 Archie Bell & The Drells - Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-Play album art Aretha Franklin / Archie Bell & The Drells Aretha Franklin / Archie Bell & The Drells - Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-Play(LP, Promo, Smplr) Atlantic TL-132 US 1969 Sell This Version
ECPO 91-PH Archie Bell & The Drells - Dance Your Troubles Away album art Archie Bell & The Drells Dance Your Troubles Away (Album) TSOP ECPO 91-PH Japan 1975 Sell This Version
PZ 34323 Archie Bell & The Drells - Where Will You Go When The Party's Over album art Archie Bell & The Drells Where Will You Go When The Party's Over (Album) Philadelphia International Records PZ 34323 US 1976 Sell This Version
PZ 34855 Archie Bell & The Drells - Hard Not To Like It album art Archie Bell & The Drells Hard Not To Like It (Album) Philadelphia International Records PZ 34855 US 1977 Sell This Version
JZA 36096 Archie Bell & The Drells - Strategy album art Archie Bell & The Drells Strategy (Album) Philadelphia International Records JZA 36096 US 1979 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

222 Archie Bell & The Drells - She's My Woman, She's My Girl album art Archie Bell & The Drells She's My Woman, She's My Girl (Single) Ovide 222 US 1967 Sell This Version
68.531 Archie Bell & The Drells - Dog Eat Dog / Tighten Up album art Archie Bell & The Drells Dog Eat Dog / Tighten Up (Single) Ovide 68.531 Turkey 1967 Sell This Version
226 Archie Bell & The Drells - A Soldier's Prayer 1967 / On In One album art Archie Bell & The Drells A Soldier's Prayer 1967 / On In One(7") Ovide 226 US 1967 Sell This Version
ATL 70. 342, ATL 70.342 Archie Bell & The Drells - "There's Gonna Be A" Showdown album art Archie Bell & The Drells "There's Gonna Be A" Showdown (Single) Atlantic ATL 70. 342, ATL 70.342 Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
45-2559 Archie Bell & The Drells - Do The Choo Choo album art Archie Bell & The Drells Do The Choo Choo (Single) Atlantic 45-2559 US 1968 Sell This Version
AK-2446 Archie Bell & The Drells - I Can't Stop Dancing album art Archie Bell & The Drells I Can't Stop Dancing (Single) Atlantic AK-2446 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
45-2478 Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up album art Archie Bell & The Drells Tighten Up (Single) Atlantic 45-2478 US 1968 Sell This Version
DT 1091 Archie Bell & The Drells - "There's Gonna Be A" Showdown / Do The Choo Choo album art Archie Bell & The Drells "There's Gonna Be A" Showdown / Do The Choo Choo(7", Single) Atlantic DT 1091 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
EPA-1520 Archie Bell & The Drells - Baila El Choo Choo album art Archie Bell & The Drells Baila El Choo Choo(7", EP) Atlantic EPA-1520 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
45-2612 Archie Bell & The Drells - I Love My Baby / Just  A Little Closer album art Archie Bell & The Drells I Love My Baby / Just A Little Closer (Single) Atlantic 45-2612 US 1969 Sell This Version
AT 2663X Archie Bell & The Drells - My Balloon's Going Up album art Archie Bell & The Drells My Balloon's Going Up (Single) Atlantic AT 2663X Canada 1969 Sell This Version
45-2644 Archie Bell & The Drells - Girl You're Too Young album art Archie Bell & The Drells Girl You're Too Young (Single) Atlantic 45-2644 US 1969 Sell This Version
45-2693 Archie Bell & The Drells - Here I Go Again album art Archie Bell & The Drells Here I Go Again (Single) Atlantic 45-2693 US 1969 Sell This Version
5512 Archie Bell & The Drells - Un Poquito Mas Cerca / Quiero A Mi Nena album art Archie Bell & The Drells Un Poquito Mas Cerca / Quiero A Mi Nena(7", Single, Mono) Atlantic 5512 Chile 1969 Sell This Version
45-2612 Archie Bell & The Drells - Just  A Little Closer album art Archie Bell And The Drells* Just A Little Closer(7", Single, Promo) Atlantic 45-2612 US 1969 Sell This Version
45-2744 Archie Bell & The Drells - Get It From The Bottom / I Wish album art Archie Bell & The Drells Get It From The Bottom / I Wish (Single) Atlantic 45-2744 US 1970 Sell This Version

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CykoMF

CykoMF

February 9, 2014
edited over 7 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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