According to Howard Bellamy, who is half of the Bellamy Brothers duo, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. This song is a prime example of that, and went on to become their biggest-selling single. Bellamy told us: "Around '74, we moved from Florida to L.A. to kind of pursue a career. We're from here in Central Florida in a little community called Darby - there is not much of a music scene here, to say the least. So we moved out there and met a lot of guys and met Neil Diamond's band, became good friends with his band. And one day Neil's drummer came over to our house and brought the demo of 'Let Your Love Flow,' and said, 'Hey, this sounds like something you guys would do.' So we went off to record that, and the rest is kind of history. It became not only the largest song of that year, it's become somewhere in the area of one of the largest songs ever, as far as being played. And it's become a standard, basically. I wish another one of those would come along."
Larry Williams, who was one of Neil Diamond's roadies, wrote this song. Neil Diamond, however, turned it down. Says Bellamy: "Well, it really wasn't in Neil Diamond's vein. I would say the guy who wrote this song is the wealthiest roadie now that ever was. Actually, Johnny Rivers had passed on the song. It had been pitched to a few people. It was recorded once by a guy named Gene Cotton; he recorded a kind of unusual version. But when we heard it we had an idea of how we wanted to record it because it kind of fit our style, acoustic bass with a groove, and I think that has a lot to do with it. You've got to really match songs with artists, and I think it was the perfect song for us, a great match."
Bruce from San Jose, CaEver since I heard this song on the radio as a kid, this has always been one of my favorite "Feel Good" songs...and today, not matter how bad my day has been, I can always listen to this song and it melts the stress and cares away...
Lee from Huntsville, Ala bi-centennial #1 smash hit.
Craig from San Diego, CaAlways love the Bellamy Brothers and their music. This is one of my favorites. Perfect for the start of a long trip. I pop it in every time I hit the road.
Carrie from Roanoke, VaA cover version by Petra Haden appeared in a 2009 Toyota Prius commercial.
Teresa from Litchfield, MiThis song has been a favorite of mine since the movie "Little Darlings" which used it - however it has an even bigger meaning to me. It reminds me of my brother who I recently found after years of searching ( adoption ) it has become a theme song for my mom and my brother and I. The Bellamy Brothers who heard of my family were nice enough to send a special DVD and CD's and T-shirts all autographed for the 3 of us. I can't even begin to tell you how honored we are and we thank the Bellamy Brothers for all of their wonderful music and continiued success. Thank-you -
Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesThe Bellamy Brothers made an interesting hit. The meanings of some things said in this song I can't figure out; but hey, let's listen and enjoy. If I made the recording, I would've probably called it "There's a Reason" since that line is repeated more often than "Let Your Love Flow". But that's just my opinion. These lyrics are the lyrics that virtually everyone would like to sing with, and the beat is the right beat to dance to. The melody is very mellow and interesting. That melody, those lyrics, and the disco beat put together are probably make this Bellamy Brothers hit well loved by virtually everyone.