Former Nazareth leader Dan McCafferty dies at 76

Former Nazareth leader Dan McCafferty dies at 76

Dan McCafferty, founding member of Scottish rock band Nazareth, has died.

News of the singer’s death at the age of 76 was confirmed today (November 8) by Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew.

“This is the saddest announcement I have ever had to make,” Agnew wrote on Facebook. “Maryann and her family have lost a wonderful and loving husband and father, I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers to ever live. Too upset to say anything else at this point.”

McCafferty was the lead singer for Nazareth from its formation in 1968 until 2013, when the band announced his retirement from touring due to ill health. He appeared on every Nazareth album through 2014, beginning with the 1971 self-titled effort, and toured with the group for 45 years.

The last Nazareth album McCafferty was involved with was 2014’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone’.

Dan died at 12:40 today.

published by Nazareth in Tuesday, November 8, 2022

In 2019, McCafferty released ‘Last Testament’, his third and final solo album, which followed 1975’s ‘Dan McCafferty’ and 1987’s ‘Into The Ring’.

Nazareth is best known for their 1975 album ‘Hair Of The Dog’, which featured the title track and a cover of the everly brothers ballad ‘Love hurts’.

The band remained active, with Agnew as its only original member and new lead singer Carl Sentance.

Earlier this year, founding member Manny Charlton has passed away at the age of 80. The news of the guitarist’s death was confirmed by his grandson, Jamie Charlton, who shared a photo on social media with the caption “RIP Grandad”.

Ricky Warwick, leader of the Black Star Riders and slim lizzyhe was among those who paid tribute to McCafferty.

He wrote on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Dan McCafferty of Nazareth today. I had the honor of being in his company on the Rock Meets Classic Tour in 2016. My thoughts and condolences to his family and close friends of his.”

See more tributes to the leader below.

Very sad news. The world lost one of the greatest singers in rock history, my friend and member of the Rock Meets Classic family, Dan McCafferty 😢

published by mat sinner in Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The world has lost one of the greatest singers in history and one of the loveliest, funniest guys I’ve ever had the honor of…

published by Alexander Beyrodt in Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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