Brothers David Milton Bellamy (born September 16, 1950) and Homer Howard Bellamy (born February 2, 1946), known professionally as “The Bellamy Brothers” were born and raised and are from Darby, Florida.
Despite having never had formal music training, both brothers learned how to play guitar, mandolin, and banjo. In addition, David learned accordion, fiddle, organ, and piano.
The Bellamy Brothers are an American pop and country music duo. They are noted to be the most successful duo in Country Music history.
The duo had considerable musical success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow”, that started in their home state of Florida. The song exploded nationally as a number one single on the pop charts amidst the ’70’s pop music culture of L.A. in 1976.
A turn of events led to country music in the ’80’s, paving the way for duos, such as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, and previously-The Judd’s.
By the late ’70’s The Bellamy’s hit the country charts with another smash hit, “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David. This song sky 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 lining the Bellamy’s musical history and their walls with platinum and gold.
Throughout 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.
The story has been the same Internationally, -though the titles may be different. The Bellamy’s have released more than two-dozen hit songs outside the U.S. that were never released here. With a sharp eye on the song writing 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.
When asked about touring. “We’re old road dogs,” grins Howard when asked about the 200 plus around the world concert dates each year. “Our live draw is bigger than it was in the ’80’s”, says David.
The brothers have pushed the borders of country music, adding elements ofrock, reggae, and even rap. Resulting in a string of top 10 singles that ran in to the early 90’s.
In total, they have released albums in Canada (25), Germany (21), the UK (11), the Netherlands (9), Australia (8), New Zealand (8), Japan (3), Portugal (3), Italy (2), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Czechoslovakia (1), France (1), Kenya (1), South Africa (1) and Spain, in addition to their 73 recordings in America.
They have garnered a number of awards including, three special awards. “International Artist Achievement Award” (2002), Members of the German Country Music Hall of Fame (only American members with the exception of Johnny Cash, “Old Hippie” named by Rolling Stone as one of its top 100 greatest country songs of all time (2014)
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.
Country, country pop, country rock, soft rock, southern rock