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The Bellamy Brothers Biography

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Birth Place: Pasco County, Florida, USA
Years Active: 1968-present
Genres: Country, Country Pop, Country Rock

The Bellamy Brothers is a country/pop music duo that consists of brothers David Bellamy (born September 16, 1950) and Howard Bellamy (born February 2, 1946) from Darby, Florida. The Bellamy brothers were drawn to music from an early age, in part due to the influence of their father who introduced the boys to country music, and played in a local Western swing band. The brothers were also influenced by the rock ‘n’ roll music their sister played. Both brothers taught themselves how to play guitar, mandolin and banjo, with David also mastering accordion, fiddle, organ and piano.

The brother's began their career in 1968, performing alongside their father at a benefit concert in San Antonio, Florida. Shortly thereafter, the brothers moved to Atlanta, Georgia and formed their own band, Jericho. The brothers were soon noticed by a friend of recording artist Jim Stafford, who eventually recorded “Spiders and Snakes,” a tune written by David. “Spiders and Snakes” went on to become a Top 5 hit, providing the Bellamys with the money needed to move to Los Angeles, California.

The duo signed to Curb Records in 1975 and released the single, “Let Your Love Flow,” written by Neil Diamond's roadie Larry Williams in 1976. The single peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The brothers followed the next year with their debut album of the same name, “Let Your Love Flow.”

Their next big hit arrived in 1979, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me,” and crossed over from the pop charts to the country charts, appealing to fans of both genres. It became their first #1 hit on the Billboard Country Songs chart. This began a string of successful hits for the brothers, including “Redneck Girl,” “Santa Fe,” “Old Hippie” and “Kids of the Baby Boom.”

In 1991 the duo signed with Atlantic Records and released one album, “Rollin' Thunder,” before forming their own label, Bellamy Brothers Records. The brothers struggled to achieve the same success on their own label as they had previously amassed and by 1999 hey had signed with Blue Hat Records for their “Lonely Planet” album.

In 2005 The Bellamy Brothers returned to Curb Records to record, “Angels & Outlaws: Volume 1,” a compilation album featuring re-recordings of the duo's older hits with artists such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker and Montgomery Gentry.

The Bellamy Brothers switched musical gears in 2007 and released a gospel album, titled “Jesus Is Coming,” followed by a greatest hits album in 2010. The Bellamy Brothers’ 29th studio album, “Simply the Best” arrived in 2012.