Dan McCaffertythe original singer of the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, is dead. He was 76 years old.
The news was announced on the band’s Facebook page by the bassist Pete Agnew, the only founding member remaining in the current formation of Nazareth. “Dan passed away at 12:40 p.m. today,” Agnew wrote. “This is the saddest announcement I’ve ever had to make…I’ve lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers that ever lived. Too heartbroken to say more for now.”
No cause of death was given, but McCafferty had retired from the band in 2013 due to health issues including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a burst stomach ulcer.
McCafferty founded Nazareth in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1968 with drummer Agnew sweet darrell and guitarist Manny Charton. They took their name from a line in The groupThe song from “The Weight”: “I arrived in Nazareth, I felt almost dead.”
In the United States, they are best known for their top 10 covers of The Everly Brothers‘ “Love Hurts”, which reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976. It was their only top 10, although the title track from their 1975 album, Dog’s hair — sometimes mistakenly called “Son of a B***h” because of its hook — became a rock radio staple.
Their only other song in the US was 1980s “Holiday”, with its video airing early on MTV. In 1993, Guns ‘N’ Roses covered “Hair of the Dog” on their album The spaghetti incident?.
McCafferty was first replaced by Linton Osborne then by Carl Phrase, who is their current singer. Their last album, Survive the law, was released earlier this year.
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