If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me
|"If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me"|
|Single by Bellamy Brothers|
|from the album The Two and Only|
|B-side||"Make Me Over"|
|Genre||Country, country pop|
|Bellamy Brothers singles chronology|
"If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" is a song written by David Bellamy, and recorded by American country music duo The Bellamy Brothers. It was released in March 1979 as the second single from the album The Two and Only. The song became their first number 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart and their second number one overall, after their 1976 pop hit "Let Your Love Flow". The title as shown on the original single was "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me", but on the album and subsequent releases, the title is shown as "... Had ...".
"If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body ..." derived its double entendre title from a Groucho Marx line. Songwriter David Bellamy told country music journalist Tom Roland that he regularly watched Marx's program, You Bet Your Life, where Marx sometimes used the quote while interviewing an attractive female contestant, then shake his cigar and raise his eyebrows to elicit a reaction. The comment stuck in Bellamy's head as a possible hook line for a song.
In a 2003 issue, Country Weekly magazine named it the number 1 country pick-up line of all time.
On their 2005 album Angels & Outlaws, Vol. 1, The Bellamy Brothers re-recorded this song with Dolly Parton. This rendition peaked at number 60 on the country charts, giving the Bellamy Brothers their first chart entry since "Not" in 1994.
Britney Spears controversy
In 2011, Britney Spears' song "Hold It Against Me" was criticized by the Bellamy Brothers, who claimed that the song sounded similar to "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me". Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, and Mathieu "Billboard" Jomphe, all of whom wrote "Hold It Against Me", sued the Bellamy Brothers for defamation and libel because of this, but the Brothers apologized and the case was dismissed.
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||24|
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||39|
|Dutch Top 40||11|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||17|
"Don't Take It Away"
by Conway Twitty
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
May 19–June 2, 1979
"She Believes in Me"
by Kenny Rogers
- "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)), p. 233-234.
- Bellamy brothers are coming ... so don't hold that song against them
- Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.
- Allmusic — If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me) by the Bellamy Brothers.