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Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty has died at age 76

McCafferty's powerful vocals fueled '70s classics like 'Hair of the Dog' and 'love Hurts'

Legendary Nazareth vocalist Dan McCafferty has died at the age of 76. McCafferty helped to co-found the long-running Scottish rock band in 1968, and sang with them until his retirement from the band, due to health issues, in 2013.

Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew confirmed his passing on Facebook, writing:

"Dan died at 12:40 today. This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make. Maryann and the family have lost a wonderful loving husband and father, I have lost my best friend, and the world has lost one of the greatest singers who ever lived.

“Too upset to say anything more at this time."

McCafferty’s powerful vocals can be heard on classic Nazareth tracks like “Hair of the Dog,” later covered by Guns N’ Roses, and their version of Boudleaux Bryant’s “Love Hurts.” Both tracks hailed from the band’s sixth studio album, 1975’s Hair of the Dog.

McCafferty released his third and final solo album, Last Testament, in 2019.

You can check out McCafferty and Nazareth performing “Hair of the Dog” live in 1977 above.