Dan McCafferty, the original lead singer of Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, has died aged 76, his band has confirmed.
“This is the saddest announcement I’ve ever had to make,” band member Pete Agnew wrote in a statement posted on the band’s website, announcing McCafferty’s death on Tuesday.
“Maryann and the family have lost a wonderful husband and father, I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers that ever lived.
“He is too upset to say anything more at this time,” he added.
McCafferty was one of the founding members of Nazareth, which evolved from Scottish beat group the Shadettes, in 1968, along with Agnew, Manny Charlton and Darrell Sweet.
The band is best known for their cover of the ballad “Love Hurts,” which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1976, as well as the hit 1975 album “Hair of the Dog”, with which he established an international audience. . .
In 2013, McCafferty struggled to be on stage due to breathing difficulties after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He stopped touring with Nazareth in the fall of that year after making the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone” album, and English rock singer Carl Sentence was recruited as the band’s new lead vocalist.
McCafferty had several personal projects, releasing his latest solo album, “Last Testament,” in 2019.