The Bellamy Brothers
Howard Bellamy born 1946
David Bellamy born 1950
Inducted in 2018
Pasco County natives David and Howard Bellamy, collectively known as The Bellamy Brothers, are multi-award winning recording artists and performers spanning genres from pop and blues to gospel. They have collaborated with artists including Freddy Fender, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett, and Dolly Parton.
They arrived on the national music scene in 1974, when fellow Florida Artists Hall of Fame member Jim Stafford recorded and co-wrote “Spiders and Snakes” with David Bellamy. “Spiders and Snakes” hit number three on the Billboard charts, and The Bellamy Brothers signed with Curb records in 1976. Later that same year, “Let Your Love Flow” hit number one in the United States pop charts as well as in more than a dozen countries.
They soon moved towards the country music genre and “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It against Me” became the first of twenty number one hit country singles in the years to follow, along with more than fifty hits overall on the charts. Their international releases include more than 95 albums.
Perhaps the first of the now-common Country Duo genre acts, The Bellamy Brothers received Grammy nominations for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Country and Western Song in 1980. Named Top Country Duo in 1982 by Billboard, they also have more nominations in the duo category from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association than any other artists, inspiring and paving the way for artists such as Brooks and Dunn, Montgomery Gentry and The Judds.
With hundreds of tour dates each year, their infrequent days back home in Darby, Florida find them on their 150-acre family ranch, where three generations of Bellamys raise purebred Charolais cattle and quarter horses.