You Say It’s Your Birthday: Dan McCafferty of Nazareth

Today is the birthday of Dan McCafferty, vocalist for ’70s rockers
Nazareth, born this day in 1946. Nazareth are best known for such ’70s
hard-rock classics as “Hair Of The Dog” and “Love Hurts.” The band was
first established in Scotland as the Shadettes, changing the name in
1969 and releasing a self-titled debut album in 1971. After gaining
popularity in Scotland, the band decided to seek its fortune on the
international market by pulling up stakes and heading for London. The move
was a wise one, as Nazareth continued to gain recognition and popularity,
especially after the addition of ex-Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover as
producer. Their third album was 1973’s Razamanaz, an album which
yielded the hit singles “Broken Down Angels” and “Bad Bad Boys.” Later that
year, the band finally broke in the U.S. upon the release of Loud ’n’
, an album most notable for its blistering rendition of Joni Mitchell’s
“This Flight Tonight.” The following years saw continued U.S. and Canadian
success for
the band, notably with Rampant in 1975. 1976 saw the release of
Close Enough For Rock n’ Roll, which contained their biggest hit,
“Love Hurts.” The band released a series of albums that never did quite as
well in the late ’70s. They were without a record label in the U.S. by the
start of the new decade and finally called it quits in 1983. The group
reunited with little fanfare in 1993, releasing No Jive to little
acclaim from fans or critics.

Other birthdays: Richard Parker, 67; Cliff Richard, 57; Colin Hodgkinson
(Whitesnake), 52; Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), 51; Thomas Dolby, 39; and Karyn White, 32.