Posted For: MidNightRider2001
By BRIAN MARKS
Dan McCafferty, the longtime lead singer for the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, has died at age 76.
McCafferty’s bandmate, bassist Pete Agnew, announced that the singer had died on Tuesday in a Facebook post shared to the group’s page on the same day.
The musician, who co-wrote many of the group’s songs throughout the 1970s, is best known for his searing vocals on Nazareth’s top 10 hit cover of the Everly Brothers’ song Love Hurts, which became a power ballad staple.
‘Dan died at 12:40 today,’ began Agnew, who added, ‘This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make.
‘[McCafferty’s wife] 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,’ he continued, adding that he was, ‘Too upset to say anything more at this time.’