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Nazareth Biography

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Birth Place: Dunfermline, Scotland
Years Active: 1968–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Nazareth is a hard rock band that formed in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1968 and was successful in the United Kingdom until the 1975 album “Hair of the Dog” brought them international success. Best-known for their cover of the ballad “Love Hurts,” the band has been able to maintain moderate success through 2012.

The band's beginning can be traced back to the demise of the another band, The Shadettes, which included vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. The band became Nazareth and released their debut album in 1971. However, it was the band's second album, 1972’s “Exercises” that earned the band a supporting spot on the Deep Purple tour. 1973 saw the band produce two Top 10 hits on the U.K. Singles chart, “Broken Down Angel” and “Bad Bad Boy,” which elevated the band's success in their homeland.

The band's sixth studio album, “Hair of the Dog” arrived in 1975 and attracted U.S. audiences, which gained the band international attention. 1979 saw guitarist Zal Cleminson join the band and over the next few years the band put out two more albums. However, by the mid-1980s the Nazareth line-up had changed considerably with various incarnations continuing to release albums throughout the 1990s under this name.

In 1993, Guns N' Roses covered Nazareth's “Hair of the Dog” which peaked interest in the band once again. By the end of the 1990s the band's popularity had declined significantly that they were no longer able to find label backing and release albums in the U.K. or the U.S. In 2008, the current line-up of the band released the album, “The Newz” on the Hamburg-based label, Edel Entertainment. The release of the album celebrated Nazareth's 40th anniversary making music, which they followed up with a tour. 2011 saw the release of the band's 26th studio album, “Big Dogz.”