Current Nazarene singer Carl Sentance shared the sad news of the passing of iconic original Nazarene singer Dan McCafferty via his Facebook profile. The cause of death was not disclosed.
McCafferty’s unmistakable voice propelled the band to a string of hit singles in the 1970s and led the rock band to an impressive 45-year career.
William Daniel McCafferty (14 October 1946 – 8 November 2022) was a Scottish singer, best known as the lead singer of the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, from 1968 Formed in 1968 until his retirement from the band’s tour in 1968, and became well known in 2013. McCafferty continues to perform and occasionally record solos around the world.
McCafferty was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Influenced by artists such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Otis Redding, he became one of the founding members of Nazareth in 1968. By 2014, he was on all of Nazareth’s albums and toured with them for 45 years. He co-wrote some of Nazareth’s hits, including “Broken Angels” and “Bad Bad Boys.” He has released three solo albums. He is married and has two children.
On August 29, 2013, Nazareth announced that Dan McCafferty was withdrawing from the band’s tour due to ill health.
McCafferty spoke to British music magazine Classic Rock about the details of the health issue and his condition. He said he did not have a stroke as reported by the media. He said his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had “worsened in recent years”, causing him to leave the Swiss stage in August 2013 after just three songs, implying: “You don’t know when it will come, but Suddenly you can’t breathe.” Referring to his recent episode at the Swiss festival, McCafferty said: “If you can’t get the job done, you shouldn’t be there – the Nazareth is too big , not suitable for it.”
McCafferty also revealed that another health issue was what caused him to fall at a concert in Canada in July 2013 — a ruptured stomach ulcer. “I thought I’d be fine, but when that happens, you lose a lot of blood,” he recalled of the incident. McCafferty also said he hoped Nazareth would continue without him. exist. “I really hope they can find someone else,” he explained. “I’m sure they will.”