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‘Now Make It Mellow’

The Story Behind ‘Tighten Up’ by Archie Bell & the Drells

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In the early 1960s, Archie Bell and the Drells were a struggling Houston vocal group performing their brand of “Texas funk” at local talent shows. In 1964, the group recorded a demo of a song called “Tighten Up.” Although they often performed the song live, the demo was soon forgotten.

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