Return to the past of the Bellamy brothers with “40 years: the vinyl album”
The May 20 release of 40 years: the vinyl album, marks another nod to the successful journey of the Bellamy Brothers, the duo who found success with the ’70s No. 1 pop hit “Let Your Love Flow” and then found country fame in the ’80s. with the Grammy nominee “If I said you had a nice body (would you hold it against me).” It’s been over three decades since David and Howard Bellamy released vinyl, but the return to a familiar format was welcome.
“It looks like it was when we [first] recorded,” says David Bellamy of the new vinyl sound. “There are 12 of our greatest hits there. So, you know, they’re sort of tried and true.
“It’s really cool to go back and hear it in this format,” notes Howard Bellamy. And yes, it’s kind of a flashback for you.
40 years: the vinyl album is a compilation of the duo’s greatest hits captured from their 2015 two-CD collection 40 years and includes 12 tracks including “Let Your Love Flow”, “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)”, “More of You”, “Dancin’ Cowboys”, and “Redneck Girl”, a tune that other country artists, like Blake Shelton, have incorporated into their tours.
The Bellamy Brothers recently joined Shelton on his Friends and Heroes Tour and The voice the judge can be spotted in the next season of Bellamy’s reality show Honky Tonk Ranch on Circle. Filmed at the family’s Florida ranch, the show follows the brothers’ crazy daily antics, from cow paddocks to concerts. The duo laughingly describe the production as “rural nonsense”. But it’s a production that continues to intrigue viewers and attract guests like Shelton and actor/musician Dennis Quaid. Never a dull or quiet moment, they’re in tour mode this year with shows in the US, Norway, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Watch an episode of Honky Tonk Ranch via the Circle All Access YouTube channel.
During their career, the CMA Most Promising Group of the Year 1980 award winners had 10 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. With 26 Top Ten hits, the Bellamy Brothers rank second among duos, surpassed only by Brooks & Dunn’s 41 Top Ten hits. Helping to pave the way for vibrant country duets, with record duo nominations at both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Awards, David and Howard Bellamy seem to have eschewed sibling rivalry to form a musical partnership. lasting that began in childhood and marked by humor.
Was it hard to stay as a duo knowing the option of a solo career was there?
“We’re worthless otherwise, so we’re stuck with each other,” laughs Howard.
Also known for his two-way lyrics and playful tunes, David Bellamy, co-writer of Jim Stafford’s 1974 hit “Spider’s and Snakes,” admits family may have played an influential role in the direction of the characteristic humor of the brothers. “Our family had a really weird sense of humor, there’s no doubt about it. And it was kind of a weird, you know, wry sense of humor that they all had.
The comedy seems to have always swirled around the duo. “Strangely… when we lived in LA, we lived in a basement with Gallagher the comedian,” Howard explains.
When it comes to the music industry, David thinks the humor has helped keep things in perspective. It also likely helped them stand out in a competitive industry.
The Bellamy Brothers have long steered their own ship. Switching from pop to country wasn’t a traditional decision, but it was musically driven and logical for the duo who never felt limited by genre.
Said David, “We ‘crossed under’ we say instead of ‘crossed over’ because our first record was the pop hit. And it was a huge international success. I’m not sure but it was almost 20 countries, it was the #1 pop record. And so you know, it was a tough record, no matter the format, a tough record to follow – it was so big. But we were basically raised in country… we grew up with our father who sang, played country.
This does not mean that they will never leave the country. David adds, “We like to do everything, you know, and it’s really up to us if it’s a good song or not, whatever the format.”