500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Archie Bell and The Drells, 'Tighten Up'

270. Archie Bell and The Drells, 'Tighten Up'

Writers: Bell, Billy Butler
Producer: Skipper Lee Frazier
Released: March '68, Atlantic
15 weeks; No. 1

After Bell got his draft notice in May '67, he wanted to record with his group, the Drells, before he got shipped off to Vietnam. He pulled out "Tighten Up," one of the group’s old demos. Bell got shot in the leg in Vietnam; the record went to Number One while he was in a military hospital, trying to convince people the song on the radio was his.

Appears on: Tightening It Up: The Best of Archie Bell and the Drells (Rhino)

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