ST. GEORGE – On Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., the Bellamy Brothers will help the Huntsman World Senior Games celebrate its 25th Anniversary and headline the Games’ Concert & Celebration in the Burns Arena.
Tickets are free to Games participants and one guest; non-participants are $12 or $15 the day of show. For tickets call (435) 652-7800 or visit the Dixie State College Box Office website.
For more than 35 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Howard and David Bellamy have weathered trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous No.1 hits on both the Pop and Country charts.
Evidence of the Brothers’ continued popularity today isn’t hard to find. In 2009 alone, “Let Your Love Flow” received the distinguished BMI Five Million Performance Award (from Broadcast Music, Inc.) and was listed at No. 68 on its Top 100 Songs of the Century. It was also prominently featured in the critically acclaimed AMC television series ‘Breaking Bad.’ The ‘70s smash even broke into the Top 20 on the U.K. Country charts again – 34 years after it was first released!
Howard and David Bellamy were influenced early in their career while touring with rhythm and blues acts like Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd and Little Anthony and 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, the Brothers developed their own sound and scored perha
ps 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 No.1 hit in the years that followed, totaling more than a dozen chart-topping singles in the U.S. and Europe.
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, and we’ve played shows in roughly 60 different countries. Or, as Howard likes to say, ‘From Texas to Tanganyika.’ We’ve always enjoyed the instant, honest feedback of the audiences’ response to our songs, so 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.