Lead singer for Nazareth, Dan McCafferty, died at age 76.

Lead singer for Nazareth, Dan McCafferty, died at age 76.

Lead singer for Nazareth, Dan McCafferty, died at age 76.

“I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers who ever lived,” wrote bassist Pete Agnew



The main singer of the hard rock band Nazareth, DAN MCCAFFERTY, who provided the vocals for the 1970s rock anthems “Love Hurts” and “Hair of the Dog,” passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, for an undisclosed reason. He was 76.

Pete Agnew, the bassist for Nazareth, posted on Instagram to confirm McCafferty’s passing. The worst news I’ve ever had to make was this one, Agnew wrote. “The world has lost one of the finest singers who has ever lived, Maryann and the family have lost a beautiful loving husband and father, I have lost my best friend. I’m too unhappy right now to say anything more.




Along with Agnew, guitarist Manny Charlton, and drummer Darrell Sweet, McCafferty was a founding member of the band Nazareth when it was established in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1968. With the release of their third album, Razamanaz, in 1973, the group achieved success in the U.K. The following year, they put out Loud and Proud. The 1975 album Hair of the Dog by Nazareth featured the song “Love Hurts,” which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 despite the records’ relative obscurity in the United States.

Although the Everly Brothers had originally recorded the song in 1960, the new cover version made it more appealing to today’s youngsters. Over the years, “Love Hurts” has been on renowned programmes including King of the Hill, That ’70s Show, and in a scene from 1993  movie Dazed and Confused.




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