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Soul Sunday: Green Stuff ... Archie Bell and Melvin Steals

Posted on August 30, 2020 at 9:40 AM

Good Mornin' Ginchers,

Today is Soul Sunday ... you know what that means, I'm getting ready for my weekly radio show on jukinoldies.com, my Heavenly Soul Show.  The theme tonight is "GREEN STUFF ... Archie Bell and Melvin Steals."  You may think that the theme is about money from that short intro however, it is not ... it's about Archie Bell and the Drells and our old friend Melvin Steals (singer and Superb song writer).  It all started last week while having fun at my house with the Ya Jagoff Porch Party hosted by John Chamberlain and Rachael Rennebeck.  The guests were my old friends Jimmie Ross and Benny Faiella of the Jaggerz.  After the podcast we went down in my studio and started to remenisce and Melvin Steals name came up.  Melvin wrote so many great soul songs i.e.; "Gotta Find My Way Back Home" and "Together Forever" for the Jaggerz, "Could it be I'm Falling in Love " for the Spinners and the list goes on and on.  Melvin wrote for Archie Bell and the Drells also, two great soul sounds , "Go For What You Know" and "Green Power", which will be in my spotlight on the show tonight at 7:00 PM (EST).  Archie Bell is celebrating a birthday this coming week and will be spotlighted tonight on my show.  Archie is best known for his hit records "Tighten Up" And "Gonna Be A Showdown" but he had so many great soul records and ballads.  He was born in Henderson, Texas and formed his first group while still in High School back in 1956.  In 1966 he formed the Drells with James Wise, Billy Parnell and Billy Butler and signed with Ovide Records in 1967.  Tighten Up came from a conversation that Archie and Billy Butler had when Butler tried to cheer Billy up after recieving his draft notice.  Billy tried to cheer Archie up by demostrating a dance called the Tighten Up.  Billy then put together the song and it hit the charts following Archie's induction into the Army.  In 1969 Archie Bell and the Drells recorded their first album with Gamble and Huff, the same label that the Jaggerz recorded on.  Do you get the tie in here?  Melvin Steals wrote for Archie Bell and the Drells and the Jaggerz during their time with the Gamble & Huff's Label and the birth of the Philadelphia Sound (even though the Jaggerz, Archie and Melvin were not from Philadelphia).  Green Stuff (the Song) ... Archie Bell and Melvin Steals ... I just love the history!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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