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Bellamy Brothers in McCook for December Concert for Cancer Care

December 10, 2014

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital’s third annual Concert for Cancer Care will feature the pop/country group, the Bellamy Brothers performing a Christmas concert on December 21.

As presenting sponsor, Community Hospital is excited to bring the Bellamy Brothers to the McCook historic Fox Theatre on Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m. Opening for the Bellamy Brothers will be Scenic Roots, a sister duo from Concordia, Kansas, which combines old-time mountain melodies, bluegrass drive, Irish traditions, and down-home humor.

Only $30 each, the tickets can be purchased at McCook National Bank, Cowboy Up Tack, Hershberger’s Music and Community Hospital Health Foundation located at 711 East 11th Street, Suite B. Tickets at the door will be $35 each. Consider purchasing tickets for Christmas presents.

Howard and David Bellamy officially lifted off the launch pad in 1976 when their single, “Let Your Love Flow,” became an instant smash in both the United States and Europe. It stayed on the international charts long enough to build a huge international fan base that endures to this day. In Germany alone it perched at number one for more than two months. The Bellamys jammed for audiences at their sold-out concerts and shared stages with the likes of Loggins & Messina, the Doobie Brothers, and the Beach Boys., with their patented blend of rock/country music.

True to their musical roots, their style and their songwriting was moving steadily more towards the way they were raised: country. The road that started Howard and David Bellamy on the pop music charts in the ‘70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ‘80’s. By the late ‘70’s The Bellamys were emerging on the country charts with another bona fide smash. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David, rocketed them to the top of the country charts the way “Let Your Love Flow,” had done in the pop market just a few years earlier. It proved to be the first of a string of fourteen number one singles in the U.S. alone.

Success followed success: “Dancing Cowboys,” “Sugar Daddy,” “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Lovers Live Longer,” “Do You Love As Good As You Look,” “Redneck Girl,” “For All The Wrong Reasons,” “I Love Her Mind,” “I Need More Of You,” “Old Hippie,” “Too Much Is Not Enough,” “Kids Of The Baby Boom,” and “Reggae Cowboy” and “Crazy From The Heart,” all have lined the corridors of the Bellamy’s musical history and their walls with platinum and gold.

Along the way, Howard and David created a patent on the newly cool “duo” category in country music. In the era of the 2000’s, The Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association Awards (CMA) for the most duo nominations. Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers.

On the infrequent off days from the road, Howard and David head the bus back to their 150-acre family ranch in Darby, Florida just north of Tampa. A working ranch, the spread consists of purebred Charlois cattle and quarter horses. Amid a land lush with fruit trees, ancient oaks and crepe myrtles, three generations of the Bellamy family, headed by David and Howard’s mother, Frances, populate the homes clustered in the family compound.

If anyone is interested in helping to sponsor the event, or for more information on purchasing tickets, call the foundation office at 308-344-7222.

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