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,
Question: Name Nazareth's late
drummer - Bill Ward, Darrell Sweet
or Jon Hiseman.
Answer: Darrell Sweet
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Biography by Stephen Thomas
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
Grand Funk Railroad
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