Greetings from Asheville, where there’s always good music on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 takes me back to my high school days. Remembering this classic hit from one of Country music’s top duets of all-time, The Bellamy Brothers. A career that I would argue is Hall Of fame worthy, Howard and David enjoyed thirty-five top forty Country hits in Billboard between 1976 and 1992. Twenty-six of those singles found the top ten, while ten found the number one position. In addition, The Bellamy Brothers also enjoyed a number one Pop hit in 1976 with “Let Your Love Flow”.
Debuting in January 1983, the medium fast tempo’d “When I’m Away from You” would become the Bellamy Brothers’ seventh Country number one hit on Billboard’s country chart and their second straight, following “Redneck Girl”. In Cashbox, it peaked at number two, while in Radio and Records, it also reached number one. Despite its number one peak, I think this is a record that could be considered underrated. It’s always been one of my favorites of the Bellamy Brothers. Great melody is the highlight of this track. It’s also worth noting that this was the last of their three singles released on the Elektra label. Warner would take Elektra out of country music and sent most of the acts from Elektra (including Hank Williams Jr., The Whites, Conway Twitty, and Crystal Gayle) to the main Warner Brothers label.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.