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 – 15th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 15th September!

Pink Floyd (1975)

Pink Floyd (1975)

On the 15th September 1975 the legendary Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here was released in the UK and topped the charts in Great Britain, USA and France. And with the song „Shine on your crazy Diamond“ the band composed a tribute to the founder member Syd Barrett.

„Wish you were Here“ was re-released all over the years in different formats (as you can see on the covers listed below). The most outstanding package is the so called „Immersion Box“ which comes with 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 1 Blu-Ray including unreleased material and a lot of bonus collectables.

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975 - Remaster)  Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition) Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Immersion Box)

Buy recommendations (Rest of the World/USA):

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975 - Remaster)  Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition) Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Immersion Box)

Music Diary – 6th September

Welcome to my music diary – today for the 6th September!

Roger Waters

Roger Waters ( born on 6th September 1943)

Today in 1943 Mr. George Roger Waters was born in Great Bookham, UK. He was the singer, songwriter and bassist of the Rock band Pink Floyd, which was founded in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Waters. In 1967 guitarist David Gilmoure completed the line up and after the leaving of Syd Barrett in 1968, Roger Waters replaced Barrett as the principal lyricist. After this change Pink Floyd became more and more one of the most successful bands in Rock history. Albums like „The Dark Side of the Moon„, „Wish you were here„, „Animals“ and „The Wall“ hit the charts worldwide. In 1985 and after twenty years Roger Waters left Pink Floyd and started his solo career.

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979) Pink Floyd - Echoes (2001)

Buy recommendations (USA):
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979) Pink Floyd - Echoes (2001)