Story Behind The Song: ‘Let Your Love Flow,’ Bellamy Brothers
David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers talked to The Boot about the duo's recurring hit, 'Let Your Love Flow,' written by Larry Williams. The song was recently declared one of BMI's Top 100 Songs of the Century.
I moved to Los Angeles and started cutting demos with Neil Diamond's band. Neil's drummer, Dennis St. John, told me that one of Neil's roadies, Larry Williams, had written a song that sounded like something we would do. He sent a copy of the song to our producer, Phil Gernhard.
The next day I went to Phil's office and listened to it. I called [my brother] Howard and said, 'I've got to play you this song!' And when he heard it, he had the same reaction that I did. We went back in with Neil's band and cut the song. We got the right key, the band hooked it right away and we probably didn't do more than two or three takes on the whole session. It was the perfect song for us and became the key to our career.
There were a couple guys from Holland who were in town when the single was released, and our record company gave it to them to take home and they also sent it to Germany. It went to No. 1 in the U.S. on May 8 and it was the No. 1 song in Germany the end of April, where it stayed at number one for eight weeks. It also took off in Japan, South Africa and Australia. We spent a lot of time flying back and forth to promote it!
Now the song has been a hit in Europe again because of a Barclay's Bank commercial that used it. This friend of ours in England called us and told us the radio stations had started playing it again because of the bank commercial, and it ended up back at No. 18 on the pop charts there. Then it was featured on a Mother's Day themed project, '101 Housework Songs,' which reached the top spot on the Top 40 Compilation Album Chart.
The song is one of those universal tunes, melodically and lyrically. Larry wrote a perfect 3 1/2 minute song that was magical. We hear a lot of stories from people all over the world. This spring, a guy came up after the show and told us 'Let Your Love Flow' was part of the soundtrack of his life.
At this point in our career, we've toured 55 or 56 countries and we've played that song in every one of them! We're just happy that it's one of those songs that hung in there. We've been blessed to have a lot of hits, but that one kicked everything off. 'Let Your Love Flow' is still the reason we can tour world wide today.