I was scrolling the Twittersphere today when I came across a tweet by Ricky Warwick expressing his condolences on the passing of classic Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty.

McCafferty was the voice you heard on all of Nazareth's hits throughout the 70's, and performed with the band until his retirement due to illness in 2013.  He was one of the rare singers who decided to leave the band rather than ask fans to pay good money to see him at anything other than his best.

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McCafferty founded the band in 1968 with friends Manny Charlton, Pete Agnew and Darryl Sweet, and was their lead vocalist through 2013.  Sweet died in 2009. Charlton in July of this year. McCafferty sang on all their known hits, Love Hurts, and the title track from their 1975 Hair of The Dog LP, and another radio-friendly tune that we love here on the Dwyer and Michaels show, Holiday from 1980.

No cause of death has been released as of this writing, nor other musicians expressing their condolences.  Truly a class of his own rock vocalist.

RIP - he was 76.

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