Back in 1976, the Bellamy Brothers cut a country-pop crossover hit that’s stood the test of time, “Let Your Love Flow.”
Neil Diamond roadie Larry E. Williams wrote the song, which both Diamond and Johnny Rivers passed on recording. Pop and folk performer Gene Cotton became the first artist to release the surefire hit when it appeared on his 1976 album For All the Young Writers. Yet just as “The Gambler,” a song recorded first by Bobby Bare and Johnny Cash, failed to reach its chart potential without Kenny Rogers’ magic touch, Williams’ song needed Florida siblings David and Howard Bellamy.
While The Bellamy Brothers were working recording sessions with members of Diamond’s band, Diamond’s drummer Dennis St. John suggested that the country music duo cover “Let Your Love Flow.”