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Archie Bell & The Drells

Band, 1966-1980 US, Houston
R&B/Soul

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).

        
Members
PortraitArchie Bell
voc *1944 US
Billy Buttier
PortraitWillie Pernell
voc *1945
James Wise
voc *1948
Lee Bell
voc *1946
Popular Tracks   
Tighten Up, Pt. 1 on Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
Strategy on Strategy by Archie Bell & The Drells
Here I Go Again on Northern Soul by Various Artists
Don't Let Love Get You Down on Where Will You Go When The Party's Over by Archie Bell & The Drells
I Can't Stop Dancing on I Can't Stop Dancing by Archie Bell & The Drells
(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown on There's Gonna Be A Showdown by Archie Bell & The Drells
Tighten Up - Pt. 2 on Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
It's Hard Not to Like You on Hard Not to Like It by Archie Bell & The Drells
Here I Go Again on There's Gonna Be A Showdown by Archie Bell & The Drells
The Soul City Walk on Club Epic 3 by Various Artists

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Let's Groove (The Archie Bell & The Drells Story)Archie Bell & The Drells2016Compil.
Here I Go Again / Tighten UpArchie Bell & The Drells2014Single
Where Will You Go When The Party's Over / Old PeopleArchie Bell & The Drells2012Single
It's Great To Be Here / I Can't Get Enough Of Your LoveThe Jackson 5 / Archie Bell & The Drells2011Single
The Platinum CollectionArchie Bell & The Drells2007Compil.
Let's Groove / Show Me How To DanceArchie Bell & The Drells2007Album
Pour Your Little Heart Out / Where Will You Go When The Party's OverThe Drifters / Archie Bell & The Drells2007Single
I Can't Stop Dancing/There's Gonna Be A ShutdownArchie Bell & The Drells2005Compil.
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now / StrategyMcFadden & Whitehead, Archie Bell & The Drells2005Single
Tighten Up / I Can't Stop DancingArchie Bell & The Drells2004Single
Tighten Up & I Can't Stop DancingArchie Bell & The Drells2004Compil.
A Thousand Wonders / Here I Go AgainArchie Bell & The Drells2004Single
Big Soul HitsArchie Bell & The Drells2000Compil.
Where Will You Go When The Party's Over/Hard Not To Like It/StrategyArchie Bell & The Drells1999Compil.
Don't Let Love Get You Down / Bring The Family BackArchie Bell & The Drells / Billy Paul1999Album
Disco ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1998Compil.
Tightening It Up The Best Of Archie Bell & The DrellsArchie Bell & The Drells1994Compil.
Archie Bell & The Drells' Greatest HitsArchie Bell & The Drells1990Compil.
Look Back Over Your ShouldersArchie Bell & The Drells1987Single
Look Back Over Your ShoulderArchie Bell & The Drells1987Album
Don't Let Love Get You Down / Where Will You Go When The Party's Over / The Soul City WalkArchie Bell & The Drells1986Compil.
Ritchie Valens / The Angels / The Five Satins / Archie Bell & The Drells / Ronnie DoveRitchie Valens / The Angels / The Five Satins / Archie Bell & The Drells / Ronnie Dove1981Compil.
Show Me How To Dance / How Can IArchie Bell & The Drells1979Single
StrategyArchie Bell & The Drells1979Album
StrategyArchie Bell & The Drells1979Single
Old PeopleArchie Bell & The Drells1977Single
Disco ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1977Single
I Could Dance All Night / The Soul City WalkArchie Bell & The Drells1977Single
Hard Not To Like ItArchie Bell & The Drells1977Album
Everybody Have A Good TimeArchie Bell & The Drells1977Single
Glad You Could Make ItArchie Bell & The Drells1977Single
I've Been Missing YouArchie Bell & The Drells1977Single
Soul City Walk / Let's Go DiscoArchie Bell & The Drells1976Single
Nothing Comes Easy / Right Here Where I Want To BeArchie Bell & The Drells1976Single
Soul Gods Nº 4Archie Bell & The Drells1976Single
Let's GrooveArchie Bell & The Drells1976Single
Here I Go Again / (There's Gonna Be) A ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1976Single
Where Will You Go When The Party's OverArchie Bell & The Drells1976Album
Where Will You Go When The Party's OverArchie Bell & The Drells1976Single
Let's Go Disco / The Soul City WalkArchie Bell & The Drells1975Single
The Soul City WalkArchie Bell & The Drells1975Single
I Could Dance All NightArchie Bell & The Drells1975Single
Dance Your Troubles AwayArchie Bell & The Drells1975Album
Girls Grow Up Faster Than BoysArchie Bell & The Drells1974Single
(There's Gonna Be) A Showdown / Tighten UpArchie Bell & The Drells1973Single
Dancing To Your Music / Count The WaysArchie Bell & The Drells1973Single
Ain't Nothing For A Man In Love / You Never Know What's On A Woman's MindArchie Bell & The Drells1973Single
I Can't Face You Baby / Green PowerArchie Bell & The Drells1972Single
Archie's In LoveArchie Bell & The Drells1971Single
Love At First Sight / I Just Want To Fall In LoveArchie Bell & The Drells1971Single
Tighten Up / I Can't Stop Dancing / There's Gonna Be A ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1971Single
Get It From The Bottom / I WishArchie Bell & The Drells1970Single
Don't Let The Music Slip Away / Houston TexasArchie Bell & The Drells1970Single
Deal With Him / Wrap It UpArchie Bell & The Drells1970Single
I Love My Baby / Just A Little CloserArchie Bell & The Drells1969Single
Here I Go AgainArchie Bell & The Drells1969Single
Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-PlayAretha Franklin / Archie Bell & The Drells1969Album
Just A Little CloserArchie Bell & The Drells1969Single
ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1969Single
There's Gonna Be A ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1969Album
Girl You're Too YoungArchie Bell & The Drells1969Single
My Balloon's Going UpArchie Bell & The Drells1969Single
Tighten UpArchie Bell & The Drells1968Album
Jugo De Hits Vol. VIIThe Rascals, Clarence Carter, Archie Bell & The Drells, The Sweet Inspirations1968Compil.
I Can't Stop DancingArchie Bell & The Drells1968Album
"There's Gonna Be A" ShowdownArchie Bell & The Drells1968Single
Young Girl / Tighten UpGary Puckett & The Union Gap / Archie Bell & The Drells1968Album
"There's Gonna Be A" Showdown / Do The Choo ChooArchie Bell & The Drells1968Single
Tighten UpArchie Bell & The Drells1968Single
I Can't Stop DancingArchie Bell & The Drells1968Single
Do The Choo ChooArchie Bell & The Drells1968Single
She's My Woman, She's My GirlArchie Bell & The Drells1967Single
A Soldier's Prayer 1967 / On In OneArchie Bell & The Drells1967Single
Dog Eat Dog / Tighten UpArchie Bell & The Drells1967Single
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now / Let's Groove / Let's Go DiscoMcFadden & Whitehead / Archie Bell & The DrellsAlbum
Soul City Walk / Third Finger Left handArchie Bell & The Drells / Martha Reeves & The VandellasSingle
Some Kind Of Wonderful / ShowdownSoul Brothers Six / Archie Bell & The DrellsSingle
Let's Groove/Dirty Old Man/When Will I See You AgainArchie Bell & The Drells / The Three DegreesAlbum
Old People / My Favorite FantasyArchie Bell & The Drells / Van McCoySingle
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now / StrategyMcFadden & Whitehead / Archie Bell & The DrellsAlbum
Soul StirrersArchie Bell & The DrellsAlbum
Rescue Me / Tighten UpFontella Bass / Archie Bell & The DrellsCompil.
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