Music Diary – 14th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 14th October!

Dan McCafferty (Nazareth)

Dan McCafferty (Nazareth)

On the 14th October 1946, Scotsman William Daniel „Dan“ McCafferty was born in Dunfermline. In 1968 he founded with guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew and drummer Darrell Sweet the Hard Rock band Nazareth. The moniker was taken from a city in Pennsylvania, which is mentioned in the first line of The Band’s classic song „The Weight„. In 1970 the band moved to London and one year later the self titled debut album was released. In 1972 the LP „Exercises“ hit the shops and Nazareth did the support for Deep Purple. Shortly after this touring Purple’s bass player Roger Glover produced one year later „Razamanaz„, which features the two UK top ten hits „Broken Down Angel“ and „Bad Bad Boy“. And before the ending of 1973 the next Nazarth album was released: „Loud ‚N‘ Proud“ with the Joni Mitchell’s song „This Flight Tonight“ – this cover became also a hit single for the Scottish Hard Rock band. With „Hair of the Dog“ (1975)  the fanbase became bigger and bigger, because of the rockin‘ title track and the cover of the evergreen „Love Hurts“ – the ballad went platinum in the United States and is still Nazareth’s superhit until today.

 


In 1979 Zal Cleminson (formerly The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) joined Nazareth as a second guitarist and recorded with the band the two albums „No Mean City“ and „Malice in Wonderland“ (1980). Different line-ups happened over the years and in 1999 drummer Darrell Sweet died at the age of 51. Lee Agnew, son of bass player Pete Agnew, replaced Sweet.

On 28th August 2013, Nazareth announced the retirement of singer Dan McCafferty due to ill health. So the latest record „Rock ’n‘ Roll Telephone“ (2014) features Dan’s voice for the last time on a Nazareth release. In February 2014 the new singer was presented: Linton Osborne was chosen with McCafferty’s blessing.

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Music Diary – 28th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th September!

Paul Burgess (2010)

Paul Burgess (2010)

On the 28th September 1950 the drummer Paul Burgess was born in Manchester, England. He worked mainly for the band 10cc in the seventies. Their biggest hit was „I’m not in Love“ – the single went No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US (1975).


Burgess played with 10cc from 1973 until 1980 and joined again in 1983. In the same year the band called it a day. In 1982 Paul Burgess was a briefly member of Jethro Tull. He replaced Gerry Conway for the „Broadsword and the Beast“ tour from August 1982 until October 1982 (UK and USA).

After that Burgess became a member of Camel until the breakup in 1985 and then he worked as a session musician for different groups (Magna Carta, The Icicle Works). In 1985 he returned to Jethro Tull for the orchestral album „A Classic Case„. And his drumming can also be heard on the CD „Spirit Flying Free“ (1997) by John Carter and longtime Tull guitarist Martin Barre. In 2013 Paul Burgess joined the Midnite Johnny Band.

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):                 Buy recommendations (USA):10cc - The Very Best Of   Jethro Tull - A Classic Case (1985)                          10cc - The Very Best Of   Jethro Tull - A Classic Case (1985)