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Table of contents 
  •  Early music influence 
  •  Talent in family 
  •  Early groups 
  •  Early singles released on Ovide label 
  •  Origin of band name 
  •  Original members of band 
  •  Origin of band 
  •  Early recording studios 
  •  "Tighten Up" 
  •  Other songs on first album; Release of "Tighten Up" 
  •  Concert backing bands, mentions TSU Tornados, Reid Farrell, and promoter Skipper Lee 
  •  Time in military 
  •  "I Can't Stop Dancing"; Meeting Gamble & Huff 
  •  "I Can't Stop Dancing" album 
  •  Flo & Eddie's cover of "Can't Stop Dancing" 
  •  "Do the Choo Choo" 
  •  "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" 
  •  "There's Gonna Be A Showdown" album 
  •  "Green Power"; Politics 
  •  "Here I Go Again" 
  •  Touring; Recording hiatus before signing with Philadelphia International 
  •  Staying in Houston while signed to Philadelphia International 
  •  Albums with Philadelphia International 
  •  Racism and segregation during tours 
  •  Charles role in group; Touring 
  •  "Let's Clean Up the Ghetto" 
  •  Recording "Everybody Have a Good Time" at Gillard's [sp] studio 
  •  Racism 
 
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Title:Archie Bell & Drells: Interview [Side A]
Identifier:da_00094
Related:da_00095
Description:Side A of interview with Texas musician Archie Bell and Drells bandmember Charles Gibbs. Covers the recording, release and reception of the song "Tighten Up," early band members, Archie Bell’s time in the military, and touring. Digitized from Memorex dB Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475. Sound on recording begins speeding up at 35:00, becoming nearly unintelligible by 40:00. This suggests that batteries ran low on original recording cassette deck, and that this cassette was recorded from an earlier generation. Pub version attempts to correct pitch and improve intelligibility.
Country:United States
State:Texas
Date:circa 1987-1988
CreatorVorda, Allan (interviewer)
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Contributor:Bell, Archie (interviewee); Gibbs, Charles (interviewee)
Language:en
PublisherDolph Briscoe Center for American History
Rights:Allan Vorda/Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Original Format:Audiocassette