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"Nazareth" is an earthy and versatile Scottish rock band that had several hard rock hits, as well as scoring with the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant penned ballad, "Love Hurts", in the middle of the 1970s.

Nazareth was formed in 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland out of the ashes of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formerly the Mark V and The Red Hawks) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. They took their name from the first line of The Band's classic song "The Weight" ("I pulled into "Nazareth"/Was feelin' half past dead...") The band moved to London, England in 1970, and released their self-titled debut album in 1971. After getting some attention with their second album ''Exercises'', released in 1972, Nazareth issued ''Razamanaz'' in early 1973. This collection spawned two UK Top Ten hits, "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy." This was followed by ''Loud 'N' Proud'' in late 1973, which contained another hit single with a hard-rocking cover of Joni Mitchell's song "This Flight Tonight". Then came another album ''Rampant'', in 1974, that was equally successful although it did not yield a single. A non-a...

years active 1968 - present
status Active
country United Kingdom
music genre rock music
current members ''#Members
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