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The Bellamy Brothers

Best-known for the easy rolling, '70s Southern soft rock classic "Let Your Love Flow," the Bellamy Brothers are the most successful duo in country music history, consistently climbing into the upper reaches of the Billboard country charts during the '80s. More than most acts of the late '70s and '80s, the Bellamys pushed the borders of country music, adding strong elements of rock, reggae, and even rap, racking up a string of Top Ten singles that ran into the early '90s, after which they remained a popular concert attraction.

Howard and David Bellamy were born and raised in Darby, FL. Their father, Homer, played traditional country music around the house and performed with a Western swing band on the weekends. In addition to the country music they heard in their house, the brothers were drawn to the calypso music of the neighboring Caribbean islands. However, nothing provided as much attraction as the rock & roll they heard on their sister's records and the radio. From the Everly Brothers to the Beatles, the Bellamy Brothers soaked up the sounds of contemporary pop and rock. In their late teens and early twenties, they once again became infatuated with country music, thanks to the music of George Jones and Merle Haggard.

In 1968, the brothers moved to Atlanta, forming Jericho. After a while, the Bellamys relocated back to their home state. In 1973, they met a friend of singer Jim Stafford, who directed the vocalist to David's "Spiders and Snakes." Stafford was immediately taken with the tune, releasing it as his next single; the humorous retelling of David's boyhood farm experiences would eventually sell over three million copies. The success of "Spiders and Snakes" gave the Bellamy Brothers enough money to move out to Los Angeles, where they concentrated on a full-time musical career.

In 1975, the brothers signed to Curb/Warner Bros, releasing their first single, David's "Nothin' Heavy." The song flopped. Dennis St. John, who was a friend of the Bellamys and Neil Diamond's drummer, suggested that the duo record "Let Your Love Flow," a song written by Larry E. Williams, one of Diamond's roadies. As it turns out, "Let Your Love Flow" broke the doors wide open for the brothers, topping the pop charts and climbing into the country Top 30, as well as being a major hit in Britain, West Germany, and Scandinavia, going to number one in 15 countries.

The Bellamy Brothers quickly released their debut album, also called Let Your Love Flow, which became nearly as successful as the single. Their second album, 1977's Plain & Fancy, was a major success in Sweden and Norway, but it didn't make much of an impact in America. With their next album, they began to move closer to a straight country sound, beginning with "Slippin' Away," which reached the country Top 20.

The Bellamy Brothers' country breakthrough happened in 1979, with the tongue-in-cheek "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me." The song rocketed to number one on the country charts -- and was also a massive hit in the U.K. -- followed by the Top Five success of "You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie." The Bellamy Brothers' success continued to roll forward in 1980, as they scored two straight number one hits, "Sugar Daddy" and "Dancin' Cowboys." They earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and the CMA named them the Most Promising Group of the Year. Throughout 1980 and 1981, the group continued to rack up the hits, including "Do You Love as Good as You Look" and "They Could Put Me in Jail."

Curb switched the Bellamy Brothers' distribution from Warner Bros to Elektra at the end of 1981. Coincidentally, the change in distribution coincided with Howard and David's desire to experiment with their music. After they released the number one "For All the Wrong Reasons," the brothers followed with "Get into Reggae Cowboy," which was a groundbreaking country record that incorporated Jamaican rhythms. In 1982, the group was given a Lifetime Membership of the Federation of International Country Air Personalities, as well as being named the Top Country Duo by Billboard.

Throughout 1983, the brothers logged a number of hits. The following year, Curb signed a distribution deal with MCA, which had no effect on the continuing success of the Bellamy Brothers. For the next three years, the brothers were at their peak, both popularly and artistically, scoring a number of hit singles that showcased their continuing musical development as well as their increasing lyrical sophistication, as indicated by the Vietnam vet anthem "Old Hippie" and "Kids of the Baby Boom." The Bellamy Brothers continued to have hits on Curb/MCA until the end of the '80s.

By the turn of the decade, the duo switched record labels to Atlantic. After one album with Atlantic, 1991's Rollin' Thunder, the Bellamys left the label, founding their own record company, Bellamy Brothers Records, one of the first artist-driven country independents of the modern era. The Latest & the Greatest (1992) was the first album released on the label. The duo still reached the charts, like the Top 25 "Cowboy Beat," but the strongest proof of the Bellamy Brothers were their reliably large crowd, not just in the U.S. but throughout the world. The Bellamys put out numerous independent records during the '90s and following the 98 collection Reggae Cowboys, the duo switched to Blue Hat Records on for 1999's Lonely Planet. The Bellamy Brothers' biggest project of the new millennium was Angels & Outlaws, Vol. 1, a 2005 record for Curb which found the duo re-recording old hits with a host of other country superstars, including Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, and Dolly Parton. Following 2007's gospel album Jesus Is Coming, the Brothers released The Anthology, Vol. 1, a collection of re-recordings of career highlights that also featured new recordings, including a duet with the Bacon Brothers on "Guilty of the Crime." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Anthology, Vol. 1

Disc 1

1. Let Your Love Flow

2. If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)

3. Guilty Of The Crime

4. Redneck Girl

5. Fires Of Time

6. Old Hippie

7. I Could Be Persuaded

8. I Need More Of You

9. Do You Love As Good As You Look

10. Trust Me

11. Dancin' Cowboys

12. When I'm Away From You

13. Crazy From The Heart

14. Heart Of My Heart

15. Feelin' The Feelin'

16. Sugar Daddy

17. Where Did The Common Sense Go

18. For All The Wrong Reasons

19. Kids Of The Baby Boom

20. Old Bulls

Disc 2
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Track List: Jesus Is Coming

1. Drug Problem

2. Wings Of The Wind

3. Lord Help Me Be The Kind Of Person (My Dog Thinks I Am)

4. Grandma's God

5. Faith Come Back To Me

6. Spiritually Bankrupt

7. I Ain't Going To Hell

8. Old Hippie III (Saved)

9. Beautiful Night

10. You’re The World (Feat. Jesse Bellamy & Noah Bellamy)

11. I'll Fly Away

12. Jesus Is Coming

13. Let Your Love Flow (Gospel Mix)

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Track List: Redneck Girls Forever

1. Let's Roll America

2. Redneck Girl

3. Blue Rodeo

4. What I Used To Do All Night

5. The Andy Griffith Show

6. Over The Line

7. Crazy Old World

8. Passions Thunder

9. The Vertical Expression (Of Horizontal Desire)

10. Like She's Not Yours

11. Afterglow

12. Slow Hurry

13. Bubba

14. Can I Come On Home To You

15. She's Awesome

16. She's Gone With The Wind

17. Our Family

18. Come Back Gene And Roy

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Track List: The 25 year collection Vol 2

1. For All The Wrong Reasons

2. Country Rap

3. Dancin' Cowboys

4. Lovers Live Longer

8. Big Love

9. Almost Jamaica

10. Kids Of The Baby Boom

11. Forget About Me

12. You're My Favorite Star

13. You'll Never Be Sorry

15. Rip Off The Knob

17. World's Greatest Lover

18. Some Broken Hearts

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Track List: The 25 Year Collection Vol. 1

1. Let Your Love Flow

2. Do You Love As Good As You Look

3. Old Hippie

4. Sugar Daddy

7. Crazy From The Heart

8. I Need More Of You

10. I'd Lie To You For Your Love

12. Cowboy Beat

14. Feelin' The Feelin'

15. When I'm Away From You

16. You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie

18. I Love Her Mind

19. Rebels Without A Clue

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Track List: Greatest Hits Volume Two

1. Feelin' The Feelin'

2. When I'm Away From You

3. Old Hippie

4. Lie To You For Your Love

5. Too Much Is Not Enough

6. Forget About Me

7. World's Greatest Lover

8. I Need More Of You

9. Strong Weakness

10. I Love Her MInd

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Track List: Country Rap

1. Too Much Is Not Enough (Feat. Forester Sisters)

2. Sweet Nostalgia

3. Kids Of The Baby Boom

4. One Too Many Times

5. Go Ahead-Fall In Love

6. D-D-D-D Divorce

7. Our Family

8. Country Rap

9. Hard On A Heart

10. Where The Light Comes From

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Track List: Howard & David

1. Wheels

2. Season Of The Wind

3. The Single Man And His Wife

4. I'm Gonna Hurt Her On The Radio

5. Feelin' The Feelin'

6. You're My Favorite Waste Of Time

7. Lie To You For Your Love

8. Old Hippie

9. Everybody's Somebody's Darlin'

10. Jeannie Rae

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Track List: Best Of

1. Let Your Love Flow

2. If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

3. Old Hippie

4. Kids Of The Baby Boom

5. Dancin' Cowboys

6. Bird Dog

7. Slippin' Away

8. Lovin' On

9. Ole Faithful

10. Satin Sheets

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Track List: Restless

1. Forget About Me

2. World's Greatest Lover

3. Down To You

4. We're Having Some Fun Now

5. Rock-A-Billy

6. Restless

7. I Love It

8. Diesel Café

9. Tragedy

10. I Need More Of You

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Track List: Greatest Hits - Volume One

1. Let Your Love Flow

2. If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

3. You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie

4. Sugar Daddy

5. Dancin' Cowboys

6. Lovers Live Longer

7. Do You Love As Good As You Look

8. For All The Wrong Reasons

9. Get Into Reggae Cowboy

10. Redneck Girl

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Track List: Bellamy Brothers

1. Satin Sheets

2. Nothin' Heavy

3. Rainy, Windy, Sunshine (Roaded Road)

4. Let Fantasy Live

5. Highway 2-18 (Hang On To Your Dreams)

6. Let Your Love Flow

7. Livin' In The West

8. I'm The Only Sane Man Left Alive

9. Inside Of My Guitar

10. Hell Cat

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Track List: Crazy From The Heart

1. Crazy From The Heart

2. I'll Give You All My Love Tonight

3. Santa Fe

4. It's Rainin' Girls

5. Ying Yang

6. Melt Down

7. Ramblin' Again

8. We Don't Wanna Go For It

9. Your Name

10. White Trash

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Track List: Sons Of The Sun

1. Lovers Live Longer

2. Do You Love As Good As You Look

3. It's Hard To Be A Cowboy These Days

4. Dancin' Romance

5. Endangered Species

6. Givin' Into Love Again

7. Honey, We Don't Know No One In Nashville

8. Spiders And Snakes

9. Classic Case Of The Blues

10. Illusions Of Love

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Track List: Strong Weakness

1. Strong Weakness

2. Doin' It The Hard Way

3. When I'm Away From You

4. I Love Her Mind

5. Almost Jamaica

6. Lazy Eyes

7. Number Two

8. The Night They Killed Country Music

9. Long Distance Love Affair

10. Redneck Girl

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Track List: The Two And Only

1. If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

2. May You Never

3. Miss Misunderstood

4. Makin' Music Mama

5. You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie

6. Lovin' On

7. Ole Faithful

8. Why Did We Die So Young

9. Blue Ribbons

10. Wet T-Shirt

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Track List: When We Were Boys

1. For All The Wrong Reasons

2. When We Were Boys

3. Get Into Reggae Cowboy

4. You Make Love So Easy

5. Goin' Sane

6. We're Just A Little Ole Country Band

7. This Time

8. Until The Money's Gone

9. We Can Handle It

10. When We Were Boys (Reprise)

11. Whe We All Get To Heaven

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Track List: You Can Get Crazy

1. Dancin' Cowboys

2. Sugar Daddy

3. Foolin' Around

4. Comin' Back For More

5. I Could Be Makin' Love To You

6. Dead Aim

7. You Can Get Crazy With Me

8. Fast Train Out Of Texas

9. Naked Lady

10. Let Me Waltz Into Your Heart

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Those. Brothers are from good stock, boys! A legend in their own time! "Let your love flow" and Redneck girl" are heart and down to earth,dancin g and foot tapping Good music now! Anybody say amen to that?!
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THEY DO NOT MAKE COUNTRY MUSIC LIKE THIS ANY MORE...REALC O U N T R Y IS GONE!
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nice work boys
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Good song man
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I love them good music ......?????
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Hotel California❤
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Bellamy bros had so many hits! Great songs!
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They still Your Lol. Akron Co
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Janet Cadreau, I think you're thinking of Santa Fe.
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Awesome station!
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Does anyone know the name of the song about painted blue skies sunset or something like that? It driving me nuts! I think they sing it.
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Not the Bellamy Brothers voices!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Let Your Love Flow........ . . I love that song.
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Super daddys
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How can I delete some of the songs in my list?
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Looking 4 a sugar daddy 4 a redneck girl
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how do you undo a dislike???
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You there
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A very great inferrence of LOVE on the way. Great sounding music too.
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I need a sugar daddy !!!
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David Allen coe
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I would love to see the fire in your eyes.
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richardneuba u e r 1 1
Thanks alot
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Honey do you love as good as you look???
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Hey you
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Great music
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haven't lived til you do Snake Rattle and Roll in San Ann with them!!!! so much fun!!!!!!
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Awesome band , do u ?
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Good sing
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Hello another great song
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I swear they knew me
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Yeap
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joeyemily
Their most amazing performance has to be Drive South with the Forester Sisters. Nothing like hearing six highly talented vocalists blending their voices together.
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Yes beautiful music
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You awesome guys
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One of their best, but most of them fall into that category.
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Pandora the best thing ever
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Good
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My song..
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Great song
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As much as I like the 80's pop bands I did like the Country music then too. Still do.
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Lovers Live Longer!!!
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Great Song
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love it
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why can muise sound this good all the time lol
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thats good musi kids now day dont no what good musi is
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I saw these guys at the west fraternal auditorium in the late 80s and yes that is the town West in Texas. The roof of the place collapsed during the fertilizer plant explosion
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Theses guys were great
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