Bellamy Brothers (cont.)

Galv County Fair & Rodeo April 13th - 21st


The brothers first official gig was in 1968, playing a free show  with their father at the Rattlesnake Roundup in San Antonio, Florida.  They honed their early skills playing black clubs throughout the south,  and singing backup for artists such as Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, and  Little Anthony & The Imperials. Within a few months, the brothers  moved north, immersing themselves and their rock/country sound in the  Atlanta market, where the Allman Brothers were the emerging kings of the  music world. 

With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius on the horizon, and America  embroiled in a smoke haze of drugs, civil unrest and an unpopular war,  The Bellamy's music picked-up the hard driving edge that bespoke the  times. Songwriting had become David Bellamy’s drug of choice during the  long road gigs he and Howard were regularly pulling bodies and equipment  to and from. It was his songwriting that was posed to soon provide the  duo a national breakout. 

David Bellamy" width="210"/>The  break came in the form of the hit, “Spiders & Snakes,” written by  David and recorded by Jim Stafford. The song became a smash, eventually  selling more than three million units worldwide. It became the catapult  that rocketed the brother onto the L.A. music scene. Young and  impressionable, Howard and David fell into the musical circle of the  greats of the day: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Van Morrison, as well as  West Coast based country rockers like Poco and the Byrds. 

It was a creative shoe that fit. 

Now known by their music and the company they were keeping, The  Bellamys officially lifted off the launch pad in 1976 when their single,  “Let Your Love Flow,” became an instant smash in both the U.S. and  Europe. It stayed on the international charts long enough to build a  huge international fan base for the hip young brothers that endures to  this day. In Germany alone it perched at #1 for more than two months.  The love was indeed flowing as The Bellamys jammed for audiences on  their sold-out concerts and shared stages with the likes of Loggins  & Messina, the Doobie Brothers, and the Beach Boys., with their  patented blend of rock/country music. 

True to their musical roots, their style and their songwriting was  moving steadily more towards their raising. By the late ‘70’s The  Bellamys were emerging on the country charts with another bona fide  smash. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against  Me),” originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David, rocketed them to  the top of the country charts the way “Let Your Love Flow,” had done in  the pop market just a few years earlier. It proved to be the first of a  string of fourteen #1 singles in the U.S. alone. 

Success followed success: “Dancing Cowboys,” “Sugar Daddy,” “You  Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Lovers Live Longer,” “Do You Love As Good  As You Look,” “Redneck Girl,” “For All The Wrong Reasons,” “I Love Her  Mind,” “I Need More Of You,” “Old Hippie,” “Too Much Is Not Enough,”  “Kids Of The Baby Boom,” and “Reggae Cowboy” and “Crazy From The  Heart,”…all have lined the corridors of the Bellamy’s musical history  and their walls with platinum and gold. 

Along the way, Howard and David created a patent on the newly cool  “duo” category in country music. In the era of the 2000’s, The Bellamy  Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and  the Country Music Association Awards (CMA) for the most duo nominations.  Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers. 

Howard Bellamy" width="210"/>Internationally,  the story has been the same—though the titles may be different. The  Bellamys have released more than two-dozen hit songs outside the U.S.  that were never released here. With a sharp eye on the songwriting  skills that have been the bedrock of their success, Howard and David  concur that their career is unique in their international finesse for  matching their songs to the market. 

“For the international releases, you have to have a strong melody,”  notes David. “The lyric is very important, but internationally the  melody is something fans can lock into, even if they can’t understand  the lyrics.” Howard and David continue to perform and film TV specials  in Europe and around the world. 

These days when the subject turns to touring, The Bellamys are  showing a new generation of country music how it’s done. “We’re old road  dogs,” grins Howard when asked about the motivation behind the brothers  200 plus concert dates each year. Adds David: “Our live draw is bigger  than it was in the ‘80’s. I think the same people that grew up with us  and with our music in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s obviously have raised a whole  new generation of Bellamy fans who started toddling to our music. Now  they’re turning up at our concerts as college kids, who are really  turned on and tuned in to us and our music….it’s a great feeling.” 

On the infrequent off days from the road, Howard and David head the  bus back to their 150-acre family ranch in Darby, Florida just north of  Tampa. A working ranch, the spread consists of Purebred Charlois cattle  and quarter horses. Amid a land lush with fruit trees, ancient oaks and  crepe myrtles, three generation of the Bellamy family, headed by David  and Howard’s mother, Frances, populate the homes clustered in the family  compound.


The Bellamy Brothers latest project is their new album titled '40  Years' is an ambitious project that celebrates their career with 20 of  their biggest hits and then adds 20 brand new songs in this 2 cd  anniversary collection.