Bellamy Brothers bring down the house

Bellamy Brothers bring down the house

Gary Scheer

The world-famous Bellamy Brothers took the stage on March 14 at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J., as part of the Robert and Nine Rosenthal Foundation’s Spirit of America Tour. The Robert and Nine Rosenthal Foundation makes it possible for popular musicians and singers to perform at military bases in the United States.

David and Howard Bellamy performed with their ban in a packed auditorium at the Coast Guard’s only recruit training center. The Bellamy Brothers sang for 90 minutes, moving from hit to hit and leaving little time for the audience to applaud between songs. The Brothers performed many of their classic favorites, including “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body” and “Redneck Girl.” The performers also gave a rousing rendition of their 1976 hit, “Let Your Love Flow,” which has been revitalized by its presence on the soundtrack for the current Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston movie, “Along Came Polly.”

The Bellamy Brothers have had 35 songs in the top 40 on the country music charts during their four-decade career. The concert began with the Training Center’s Commanding Officer, Captain Curtis B. Odom, presenting plaques to the Bellamy Brothers in appreciation of their volunteer service and generosity to the Coast Guard.

The Bellamy Brothers, like all of the musicians on the Spirit of America Tour, consider it their patriotic duty to perform and do not charge a fee. This was the second concert in the past year presented at the Coast Guard Training Center through the Spirit of America Tour. In August 2003, the Training Center enjoyed the bluegrass music of Rhonda Vincent.

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