Formed in Dunfermline in 1968 – and still going 40+ years later – Nazareth peaked in 1975 with their sixth album, Hair Of The Dog, which sold two million copies and inspired future Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose.
The album is a slice of quintessential 70s hard rock, typified by Dan McCafferty’s screeching vocal that Axl would later copy wholesale. G N’ R covered the title track in 1993.
Malice In Wonderland (1980) was produced by Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff Baxter and departed substantially from the usual Nazareth sound. Their 12th album, The Fool Circle (1981), was also produced by Baxter and tested the limits of the band’s musicality.
G N’ R front man Axl Rose asked Dan McCafferty to sing Love Hurts at his 1990 wedding to Don Everly’s daughter, Erin. McCafferty turned him down, correctly assuming that the marriage wouldn’t last much longer than the song . . .
Manuel ‘Manny’ Charlton