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Subject: Nazareth

Written By: whistledog on 07/16/06 at 9:53 pm

Nazareth are a Scottish rock band who came to fame in the 70s with many songs, most notably the ballad "Love Hurts"


Nazareth was formed in 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland out of the ashes of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formerly the Mark V and The Red Hawks) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. They took their name from the first line of The Band's classic song "The Weight" ("I pulled into Nazareth/Was feelin' half past dead...") The band moved to London, England in 1970, and released their self-titled debut album in 1971. After getting some attention with their second album Exercises, released in 1972, Nazareth issued Razamanaz in early 1973. This collection spawned two UK Top Ten hits, "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy." This was followed by Loud 'N' Proud in late 1973, which contained another hit single with a hard-rocking cover of Joni Mitchell's song "This Flight Tonight". Then came another album Rampant, in 1974, that was equally successful although it did not yield a single. A non-album song, again a cover version, this time of Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle", was a UK Top 20 entry in 1975.

Hair Of The Dog, was released in 1975. The title track of that album (popularly, though incorrectly, known as "Now You're Messing With A Son Of A Bitch") became a staple of 1970s rock radio. American-Canadian version of the album included originally recorded by The Everly Brothers and also covered by Roy Orbison expressively melodic ballad "Love Hurts" that was released as a hit single in the UK and in the USA, where it went Platinum. In addition, the track became the band's only U.S. Top 40 hit, where it placed in the Top 10.

Throughout the rest of the 70s, Nazareth continued to have album success, and in 1980, scored their 2nd and final U.S. Hot 100 hit with "Holiday" which barely scraped into the charts.  Their 1982 album "2XS" was their last ever chart album in North America, though they still released albums well into the 90s and today still perform tours across North America

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NOTE:  All UK Chart positions are based on Top 40

Year 1971 1972 1973 1974 1974 1975 1975 1976 1976 19761977197919801981 19811982 1983 1984 1986 1989 1991 1993 1994 1998 1998 1998 2001 2003

Song Title Nazareth Exercises Razmanaz Rampant Loud 'N' Proud Hair of the Dog Greatest Hits Close Enough For Rock 'N' Roll Hot Tracks Play 'N' the Game Expect No Mercy No Mean City Malice in Wonderland The Fool Circle Snaz 2XS Sound Elixir The Catch Cinema Snakes 'N' Ladders No Jive From the Vaults Move Me Boogaloo Greatest Hits Volume II Live at the Beeb <Live> Homecoming <Live> Alive and Kicking

United Kingdom -- -- #11 #13 #10 -- -- -- ------#34---- ---- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Canada -- -- #39 #80 #17 #20 #1 #45 --#14#91#81#19#31 --#74 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

United States -- -- #157#157#150#17--#24#120#75#82#88#87#70 #83#122 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


NOTE:  All UK Chart positions are based on Top 40

Year 1973 1973 1974 1975 1975 1976 1976 1976 1977 197919801982

Song Title Broken Down Angel Bad Bad Boy This Flight Tonight My White Bicycle Holy Roller Love Hurts Carry Out Feelings Loretta Hot Tracks EP May the Sun Shine Holiday Love Leads to Madness

United Kingdom #9 #10 #11 #14 #36 -- -- -- #15#22----

Canada -- -- #27 -- -- #1 #79 #84 ----#21#44

United States -- -- ------#8--------#87--


Holiday | Love Leads to Madness

Subject: Nazareth

Written By: Dude111 on 11/19/19 at 9:29 pm

I like them........

I have 2 records :)

1) Excersizes - 1972
2) Loud N Proud - 1974 (Also have it on 8 track)

I dont really care for anything from them after Loud N Proud... It just doesnt seem as good.... I was gonna get the 8 track of "No Mean city" and see how that album is though,supposed to be much heavier........ (But that doesnt mean its good (Depening on how it was mixed,etc and for 1979 who knows how good it will sound...))

Subject: Re: Nazareth

Written By: Henk on 11/21/19 at 5:35 am

"Love Hurts" also hit the top spot over here (in the Netherlands). 8)

But that was about it for Nazareth... None of their other singles even broke Top-40!
I Don't Want To Go On Without You  peaked at #43 in late 1976, Place In Your Heart peaked at #52 in the summer of 1978, and Holiday only made it to #60 in February 1980.

Subject: Nazareth

Written By: Dude111 on 11/22/19 at 6:21 am

Yup its sad....... They started so good and then took a dive :(

I would say thier first 5 albums were the best (Loud N proud being the last good one)

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