‘Let your love flow’
Not that the brothers care to dissociate themselves from “Let Your Love Flow,” a mega-hit they first recorded in 1976 that keeps popping up again and again.
Friday Fair headliner is Easton Corbin, whose debut single “A Little More Country Than That,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.
‘FLOWING ON’— The Bellamies, natives of Florida, began performing together at a rattlesnake roundup in their native state in 1968.
Eight years later, they recorded “Let Your Love Flow.”
It went to No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts, then raced around the world and became a hit in more than a dozen countries.
While the Bellamies have had 19 more No. 1 singles, “Let Your Love Flow” has proved so popular it just keeps on flowing.
In 2008 a British firm used the song for an ad campaign. Almost immediately it entered the United Kingdom pop charts at No. 48 and peaked at No. 21 in 2009.
That same year, BMI listed “Let Your Love Flow” as No. 68 on its compilation of the Top 100 Songs of the Century.”
Earlier this year Toyota used the song in an advertising campaign.
COUNTRYFIED —</B 1970s the Bellamies were hitting the country charts. Their “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me?” went to No. 1 in 1979.
They followed over the next two decades with hits that included “Redneck Girl”, “Old Hippie” and “Kids of the Baby Boom.”
The Bellamy Brothers went on to set a record for most duo award nominations from both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.
SI NCE 2000— The Bellamies have shown no signs of slowing down in the new millennium.
In 2005 they recorded “Angels and Outlaws, Volume I,” a compilation of new versions of the duo’s earlier hits, featuring Dolly Parton, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker and Montgomery Gentry.
A single from that album, a remake of “If I Sa id You Had a Beaut iful Body” with—who else?—Dolly Parton, charged on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs List in 2005.
Their latest song, “Jalapeño” touches on the culture of political correctness.
CORBIN— In 2006, Corbin was a struggling songwriter/performer whose “real job” was at a Nashville Ace Hardware.
Four years later his smash hit debut song “A Little More Country Than That” peaked at No. 1 .
That makes him the first solo male country artist to send a debut single to No. 1 in seven years.
“Roll With It,” a second single release from his debut album, which is also titled “A Little More Country Than That,” has also hit the charts.
Like the Bellamies, Corbin is also a Florida native.
MORE MUSIC— Southern Roots will open the big weekend of dances, playing for the Thursday, Oct. 14, dance.
Chris Braden will open for Corbin on Oct. 15.
Texas Unlimited will open for the Bellamy Brothers Oct. 16.
All dances are in the Fair Park pavilion.
ROCKDALE FAIR MUSIC SCHEDULE
Thursday, Oct. 14, 8 pm to midnight—Southern Roots.
Friday, Oct. 15, 8:30 pm to midnight—Chris Braden opening for Easton Corbin.
Saturday, Oct. 16, 8:45 pm to 1 am—Texas Unlimited opening for the Bellamy Brothers.