Lead Singer for Nazareth, Dan Mccafferty, Died at Age 76.
Pete Agnew, the bassist for Nazareth, wrote a statement on Instagram confirming that McCafferty had passed away. Agnew noted in his resignation letter, “This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make.” “Not only has Maryann and the rest of the family lost a wonderful, loving husband and father, but I’ve also lost my best buddy, and the world has lost one of the finest singers who has ever lived.” I can’t say anything else right now because I’m too upset,”
Along with Agnew, guitarist Manny Charlton, and drummer Darrell Sweet, McCafferty was one of the original members of the band Nazareth, which was established in 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland. The band first found success in the United Kingdom with the release of their third studio album, Razamanaz, in 1973; the following year, they issued Loud and Proud. Even though Nazareth’s albums are not very well known in the United States, the song “Love Hurts” from the band’s album Hair of the Dog from 1975 reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Everly Brothers released the track for the first time in 1960, but a new cover of the song made it more relevant to today’s youth. Over the course of the last few decades, “Love Hurts” has been featured in memorable episodes of television shows like King of the Hill and That ’70s Show, as well as in a scene from the film Dazed and Confused (1993).
The band’s sound was shaped in part by the musical styles of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. McCafferty, who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive lung disease in 2013, decided to call it quits as a travelling musician due to the negative impact it was having on his health. The year 2019 marked the release of his final studio album, The Last Testament.