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Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1987, The Bellamy Brothers Went 'Boom'

Howard Bellamy and David Bellamy attend 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, 1987 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
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Howard Bellamy and David Bellamy attend 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, 1987 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. 

The siblings' ode to the baby boom hit No. 1 on Hot Country Songs 30 years ago.

On April 18, 1987, "Kids of the Baby Boom" rose 2-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, becoming The Bellamy Brothers' 10th and most recent leader. In the song, the sibling duo – Howard (now 71) and David (67), the latter of whom wrote it – waxes nostalgic but looks ahead cautiously: "We never stop to think what we consume / Our optimism mingles with the doom / Kids of the baby boom."

The song was the second of three singles from the LP Country Rap, which peaked at No. 21 on Top Country Albums. It followed another Hot Country Songs leader, "Too Much Is Not Enough," a true family affair teaming the brothers with the Forester Sisters.

The Bellamy Brothers have logged 46 Hot Country Songs appearances, including 10 No. 1s. Their 26 top 10s are second among duos, surpassed only by Brooks & Dunn's 41. The Bellamys, who still tour regularly, most recently hit the chart in 2005 with a Dolly Parton-assisted update of their first No. 1, 1979's pick-up line classic "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)."

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