Sunday, April 14, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Nazareth

Song:Love Hurts
Album:Greatest Hits

The Scottish band Nazareth had their biggest hit with their cover of the oldie Love Hurts. They were a very popular arena rock band in the 70s. Nazareth is from Dunfermline, Scotland. They were called The Shadettes in the early 60s. Dan McCafferty was lead singer along with Manny Charlton on guitar, Pete Agnew on bass and Darrell Sweet on drums. The name Nazareth refers to Nazareth, PA from The Band's song The Weight. Nazareth moved to London in 1970 and released their debut album in 1971. They toured with Deep Purple and Roger Glover produced one of their albums. They were doing OK but they weren't setting the world on fire. Love Hurts was the first single from the 1975 album Hair Of The Dog. It reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a worldwide hit. Nazareth never had another big hit. Love Hurts was written by legendary songwriter Bordleaux Bryant and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. It was not released as a single. Roy Orbison released Love Hurts as the B-side to Running Scared in 1961. What probably helped Nazareth was when Jim Capaldi of Traffic had a top five hit in England with his 1975 cover of Love Hurts. It was not a hit in the US. But that's the version Nazareth would have heard. Plenty of artists have recorded Love Hurts but Nazareth's version was the biggest hit. Nazareth still continues today. This comp is a good intro to their music. Darrell Sweet died in 1999 and was replaced by Pete Agnew's son Lee Agnew. Manny Charlton left in 1990. Otherwise Nazareth remains intact and their latest CD was released in 2011. Here's Nazareth performing Love Hurts on a German TV show 1976.

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