Dan McCafferty, Lead Singer For Nazareth, Has Passed Away At The Age Of 76!

Dan McCafferty died

Scottish rock band Nazareth’s founding frontman Dan McCafferty passed away on Tuesday. He was responsible for the band’s powerful vocals on songs like “Love Hurts,” “Hair of the Dog,” and five other hits that reached the Top 15 in the UK. He was 76.

Pete Agnew, a bassist in the band, has been with them for a long time and broke the news on social media. He wrote on the group’s Facebook page,

“This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make.” I’ve lost my best friend, and the world has lost one of the greatest singers of all time; Maryann and the family have lost a wonderful, loving husband and father.

McCafferty co-founded Nazareth in 1968 along with Agnew, guitarist Manny Charlton, and drummer Darrell Sweet, but he called it quits after 45 years on the road due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Up until 2014, he had sung on all of the group’s nearly two dozen albums.

Produced by Roger Glover of Deep Purple, the band’s third album Razamanaz achieved mainstream success in the United Kingdom in 1973. It peaked at No.

11 and produced two singles that hit the Top 10 in the UK (McCafferty co-wrote both “Broken Down Angel” and “Bad Bad Boy”). The next album, titled Loud and Proud, was released the following year, and it also debuted in the top 10 thanks to the success of the single “This Flight Tonight.”

Dan McCafferty, Lead Singer For Nazareth, Has Passed Away At The Age Of 76!

Although Rampant by Nazareth peaked at No. 13 in the UK, it only made it to the 150s on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

The song “Love Hurts,” originally released by the Everly Brothers in 1960, was given a radical makeover for the group’s sixth studio album, Hair of the Dog.

Kentucky’s duo’s country-tinged arrangement was scrapped in favor of Charlton’s feedback-fueled guitar hook that led to a signature solo.

Hair of the Dog’s biggest success in America came from this song, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. As time went on, it was featured in a number of popular TV shows like That ’70s Show, King of the Hill, Supernatural, and Scrubs, as well as movies like Lords of Dogtown (2005), a skateboarding drama.

The album’s title track, which was the B-side of the “Love Hurts” single, also featured a chugging guitar riff and should be included on any respectable “cowbell” playlist. The line “Now you’re messin’ with a son of a bitch” is so catchy that it has made the song a mainstay on classic rock radio stations.

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Gold was awarded to “Love Hurts” in 1976 and platinum was given to “Hair of the Dog” in 1992, both for sales of 1 million copies.

The single “My White Bicycle” from the album was a mild success in the UK, but the album itself failed to chart there.

The last time Nazareth cracked the top 40 in the United States was with 1976’s Close Enough for Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Holiday,” released in 1980, was a moderate success in the United States, and “Love Leads to Madness,” released in 1982, received some airplay on FM radio. In 1981, Krokus served as the opening act for the band’s North American tour, and in 2008, the group supported Deep Purple.

Dan McCafferty’s Health Condition

In 2013, the band reportedly announced McCafferty’s retirement, saying he would stop performing in shows due to his tragic health condition. The announcement was made in an article published by ABC News Radio.

According to reports, the singer had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is a collection of diseases that result in respiratory distress.

Dan McCafferty's Health Condition

When the singer tried to play at a festival in Switzerland, he “found it impossible to continue after performing only three songs,” prompting the announcement from Nazareth.

The rumors that he was hospitalized in the country at the time were disproven by an interview he gave to Classic Rock, in which he stated that they were “untrue.”

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He went on to say that his health had been declining for many years prior to his retirement and that he had been fighting it hard. Sometimes he couldn’t predict when the condition would make it difficult for him to breathe, and that was terrifying.

The vocalist claimed he had a burst stomach ulcer a month before his Switzerland performance, which caused him to collapse onstage.

Last Words

After hearing the news of Randy Rhoads’ death in a plane crash, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath recalled in a radio report from 1982 that the band “panicked.

” Ozzy Osbourne was touring the United States as a solo artist while Sabbath was on tour there and one of the guitarists in the singer’s band tragically died in a car crash.

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