Bellamy Brothers At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
Brothers David and Howard Bellamy, born four years apart in Pasco County, Florida, joined together as kids to perform country music. They were inspired by a variety of sources: the country music their father played in the house, the Western swing sounds of their father’s local band, and the rock and roll they learned from their sister. The two learned to play the guitar, the mandolin and the banjo. David, the older of the two, also picked up the accordion, the fiddle, the organ and the piano. David and Howard performed with their dad at a benefit concert in 1968, their first gig. Afterward, they moved to Atlanta and formed their first band, Jericho. After moving back home a short time later, they were discovered by recording artist Jim Stafford. “Spiders and Snakes,” written by David Bellamy and performed by Stafford, became a Top 5 hit and was the starting off point of the Bellamys’ career. With the money they received from the song’s success, they moved to LA, where they were able to sign a contract with Curb Records.