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Bellamy Brothers In Concert Saturday

By Staff | Aug 21, 2008

For over 30 years, Howard and David Bellamy have been regulars on the American music scene. Starting with the pop music genre in the 1970’s, the Bellamy Brothers have traveled a long and winding road that will lead to the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg this Saturday night for an outdoor concert.

The official start in the business for the Bellamy Brothers came in 1968 in Florida, and progressed to backup musicians for artists such as Percy Sledge and Little Anthony and the Imperials, before moving to Atlanta where the Allman Brothers Band was beginning to create a new form of music, “southern rock.”

With America entering the turbulent 1970’s, the Bellamy Brothers’ music started to pick up on some of the themes of the times, and the brothers caught their first major break in a song written by David Bellamy, “Spiders and Snakes,” which Jim Stafford recorded and turned into a smash hit.

“Spiders and Snakes” brought the Bellamy Brothers into the Los Angeles music scene, where they began associating with such artists as Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Van Morrison.

Their own performing career hit stride in 1976 with the release of “Let Your Love Flow” which became a chart-topper in both the U.S. and Europe.

With their country upbringing, the Bellamy Brothers hit the country charts with “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me?), which became the first of a series of 14 number-one hits in the United States.

Other memorable hits for the brothers have included “Dancing Cowboys,” “Redneck Girl,” “Old Hippie,” “Kids of the Baby Boom” and “Reggae Cowboy,” to name a few.

The Bellamy Brothers also hold records for the number of nominations as a due in the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, and are multiple Grammy Award winners as well.

Now, 30 years after their start in the business, Howard and David continue to tour, playing some 200 concert dates yearly. Most recently, the brothers returned from a two-week tour in Germany and Scandinavia at the start of the month.

“Our live draw is bigger than it was in the 80’s,” noted David Bellamy in a recent interview. “I think the same people that grew up with us and with our music in the 60’s and 70’s obviously have raised a whole new generation of Bellamy fans who started toddling to our music. Now they’re turning up at our concerts as college kids, who are really turned on and tuned in to us and our music. It’s a great feeling!

The Bellamy Brothers, along with opener Kendall Meyer, will appear at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg on Saturday night, Aug. 23. Gates for the outdoor concert will open at 6 p.m., with Kendall Meyer taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. David and Howard Bellamy will take to the stage at 8 p.m. to “Let Their Hits Flow.”

For tickets, contact the Wild Rose Players’ Club at 1-877-720-ROSE or go online at www.wildroseresorts.com.