“I’ve misplaced my finest good friend and the world has misplaced one of many best singers who ever lived,” wrote bassist Pete Agnew

Dan McCafferty, the lead vocalist for the arduous rock band Nazareth and who voiced Nineteen Seventies rock classics “Love Hurts” and “Hair of the Dog,” died Tuesday, Nov. 8, from unspecified causes. He was 76.

Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew confirmed McCafferty loss of life in a submit on Instagram. “This is the saddest announcement I ever needed to make,” Agnew wrote. “Maryann and the household have misplaced a beautiful loving husband and father, I’ve misplaced my finest good friend and the world has misplaced one of many best singers who ever lived. Too upset to say something extra right now.”

McCafferty was a founding member of Nazareth, which fashioned in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1968, alongside Agnew, guitarist Manny Charlton and drummer Darrell Sweet. In 1973, the band gained fame within the U.Ok. with their third album, Razamanaz; the next 12 months, they launched Loud and Proud. Although the albums are largely unknown within the U.S., the music “Love Hurts,” from Nazareth’s 1975 album Hair of the Dog shot to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100

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While the observe was initially recorded in 1960 by the Everly Brothers, the brand new cowl remodeled the music for the day’s youth and over the previous many years “Love Hurts” graced iconic exhibits reminiscent of King of the Hill and That ’70s Show, and a scene from the 1993 movie Dazed and Confused.

The band was influenced by the sounds of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. While affected by persistent obstructive pulmonary illness, McCafferty retired from touring in 2013 because of issues to his well being. He recorded his last album, Last Testament, in 2019.

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