Tighten Up, Kids: The Amazing Archie Bell Is Having a Live Birthday Telethon Next Sunday

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Archie Bell, I’ve never met him. I love his music. Archie Bell & the Drells, there’s nothing better. His “Tighten Up” is an eternal classic of soul and jazz, a joyous, ebullient celebration of life.

Next Sunday, September 5th, the Continental Club in Houston is having a live telethon on Facebook Live to raise money for Archie. He’s been recovering from a stroke earlier this year and is excited about visiting with his friends and fans at the Continental Club Houston on Sunday, September 5 from 2 to 5 pm.

Donations either online or at the door for Archie’s medical expenses are both encouraged and greatly appreciated. Suggested minimum donation is $10 but listen, donate a hundred bucks. If you’re a music fan, you owe it to the universe.

I’ll have more on this during the week. Archie, we’re there for you!



Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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