Song: “Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers
Reached #1: May 1, 1976 (their first, 1 week)
After you listen to the Bellamy Brothers doing “Let Your Love Flow”, close your eyes and try to think how the song would have sounded if it had been done by the performer who was offered the song first – Neil Diamond.
His decision to pass on the song freed it up for the Bellamy Brothers to do. It looked like they had a big future in pop music. Then their next two singles tanked – and the Bellamys fell off the radar for a few years.
When they came back, they’d reinvented themselves as full-fledged country artists, with their first #1 on the Country charts coming in 1979. It was “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me”, which David Bellamy said was indeed inspired by the Groucho Marx line. They then spend the next decade focusing on country, pumping out a series of #1 and Top 10 hits in the genre, before fading out in 1990.
“Let Your Love Flow” did have a brief comeback on the UK pop charts in 2008 after it was used in a credit card ad.
The Bellamy Brothers are still performing, and have a pretty full schedule set for 2012, mostly on the state fair and country bar circuit.
Before there was Pop Idol (and its clones) or X-Factor, there was a British documentary called The Big Time. Tomorrow, you’ll meet the subject of that early music/reality show…
Other songs that reached #1 on May 1:
1965 – “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” by Herman’s Hermits (their first, 3 weeks)
1993 – “Freak Me” by Silk (their first, 2 weeks)
2010 – “Nothin’ On Me” by B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars (B.O.B.’s first, 2 weeks)