Howard and David Bellamy were influenced early in their career while touring with R&B acts including Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd and Little Anthony & the Imperials. Later, the duo benefited from time spent around the blossoming Country Rock scene in Atlanta, Ga. After moving to the West Coast in the early ’70s, however, the Brothers developed their own sound and scored perhaps the biggest hit of their career in 1976 with “Let Your Love Flow.” The song was a smash in both the U.S. and Europe, shooting to the top of the Pop charts and helping establish an international fan base that still eagerly awaits the Bellamys’ annual pilgrimage overseas.
The Brothers continued to produce No. 1 hit after hit in the years that followed, totaling more than a dozen chart-topping singles in the U.S. and Europe. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me,” “Sugar Daddy,” “Dancin’ Cowboys,” “Redneck Girl,” “Santa Fe” and “I Could Be Persuaded” are just some of the Bellamy’s Top Ten hits that populated the Pop/Rock and Country charts from the ’70s into the ’90s.
As the last decade of the millennium gathered steam, so did the Brothers’ creativity. They started their own label (Bellamy Brothers Records) in 1992, producing six independent albums in the ’90s and several more for exclusive release in Europe on Jupiter Records. It was also a period that prepared the Bellamys for a record number of nominations (since 2000) at the CMA and ACM Awards in the Duo category – another highlight in a career that has unmistakably influenced many of today’s most successful duo acts, including Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and Brooks & Dunn, to name just a few.
Today, the Bellamys’ dedicated domestic and international fan base continues to allow the legendary brothers to tour around the globe at their leisure, having performed for fans and military personnel in just about every country imaginable. It’s a routine that has yet to get old for the pair.
“Touring has always been the lifeblood of our career,” says David. “We’re very fortunate in that a lot of our songs were hits around the world. Touring for us continues to be the most basic, grassroots connection with the people who like our music.”
The Bellamy Brothers’ success and longevity in the country and pop genres is a feat that few acts have duplicated, though one many have envied. What began as an unlikely duo from Darby, Florida has emerged 35 years later as one of the most successful and respected groups in country music history. And they’re still going strong.