The band evolved out of The Shadettes in Dunfermline, Fife, in Scotland, in 1968. Pete Agnew was on bass, Darrell Sweet was on drums, Manny Charlton was on guitar and vocals were handled by Dan McCafferty. They soon moved to London and were signed to Mooncrest Records, for whom they released six albums between 1971 and 1975. Their first two albums, "Nazareth" and "Exercise" were good efforts, but it was their third album, "Razamanaz" that spawned their first two singles, "Bad Bad Boy" and "Broken Down Angel", both released in 1973. Produced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, this album, "Loud 'n Proud", featured their version of Joni Mitchells' "This Flight Tonight", a nother charting single. They continued to tour and record well into the eighties, becoming one of the UK's best known musical exports in the process. Their live album, "Snaz Nazareth", recorded in 1981, sees them at t heir rocking best, and shows them equally at home playing blues, AOR and hard rock/metal. Although the line-up remained constant for most of the band's existence, various other musicians such as guitarists Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan), Zal Cleminson (Teargas/Sensational Alex Harvey Band) and Billy Rankin, joined at various times, as did ex-Spirit keyboard player, John Locke. Although Nazareth continued to enjoy popularity in Europe and the US, their stature in the UK was receding, and, bereft of a major recording deal, they decided to suspend the band in the late eighties, returning with the disappointing "Snakes and Ladders" in 1990, although 1992's "No Jive" was a return to their much loved and missed form. "Move Me", released in 1994 was also a very good offering from a band that showed that they still had a lot to offer. Sadly, Darrell Sweet died of a heart attack after the release of 1998's "Boogaloo", which also featured keyboard player Ronnie Leahy in addition to Manny Charlton's replacement, Jimmy Murrison. 
Question: Name Nazareth's late drummer - Bill Ward, Darrell Sweet or Jon Hiseman. 
Answer: Darrell Sweet 
  

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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Scottish hard rock quartet Nazareth had a handful of hard rock hits in the late '70s, including the proto-power ballad "Love Hurts." Formed in 1968, the band featured vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. The band had relocated to London by 1970, and they released their self-titled debut album in 1971. Both Nazareth and 1972's Exercises received favorable attention by British hard rockers, but it was 1973's Razamanaz that moved them into the U.K. Top Ten (both "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy" were hit singles). Loud 'n' Proud and Rampant (both 1974) followed the same formula, yet were slightly less successful.

Released the following year, Hair of the Dog established Nazareth as an internationally popular hard rock band. Featuring their revamped version of the Everly Brothers' "Love Hurts," the album sold over a million copies in the U.S. Until the end of the '70s, the band continued successfully as a quartet, releasing a series of Top 100 albums. In 1979, they added former Sensational Alex Harvey Band guitarist Zal Cleminson to their lineup; he left after recording two albums — 1979's No Mean City and 1980's Malice in Wonderland — and was replaced by former Spirit keyboardist John Locke. Following the 1981 live album 'Snaz, guitarist Bill Rankin also joined the group; Locke left soon after his addition and Rankin switched to keyboards.

By this time, their commercial appeal had dwindled across both the U.K. and the U.S. By the mid-'80s, Nazareth was left without a record contract, so the band was put on hiatus for a few years. They returned in 1992 with No Jive, which failed to gain an audience in America and Europe. In 1999, Nazareth resurfaced yet again with Boogaloo. 

 

Dan McCafferty
Billy Rankin
Pete Agnew
Manny Charlton
Zal Cleminson
Ronnie Leahy
John Locke
Darrell Sweet
Jimmy Murrison
Lee Agnew

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Nazareth - 1971 - Nazareth - 2.5/5

Nazareth - 1972 - Exercises (Essential) - 2/5

Nazareth - 1973 - Razamanaz - 4/5

Nazareth - 1974 - Loud 'N' Proud - 4/5

Nazareth - 1974 - Rampant - 3/5

Nazareth - 1975 - Hair of the Dog - 4.5/5

Nazareth - 1976 - Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll - 2.5/5

Nazareth - 1976 - Play 'N' the Game - 2.5/5

Nazareth - 1977 - Expect No Mercy - 3/5

Nazareth - 1978 - No Mean City - 3/5

Nazareth - 1980 - Malice in Wonderland - 4/5

Nazareth - 1981 - The Fool Circle - 1.5/5

Nazareth - 1982 - 2XS - 3/5

Nazareth - 1983 - Sound Elixir - 3/5

Nazareth - 1984 - The Catch - 2/5

Nazareth - 1986 - Cinema - 3/5

Nazareth - 1989 - Snakes 'N' Ladders - 2/5

Nazareth - 1995 - Move Me - 2.5/5

Nazareth - 1998 - Boogaloo - 2/5

Nazareth - 2002 - Homecoming, Greatest hits live in Glasgow - 2.5/5

Nazareth - 2003 - Alive and Kicking - 2/5

Nazareth - 2003 - Exercises (Eagle) - 2/5

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