The original four-piece band of Nazareth started out in 1968 in Dunfermline, SCOTLAND, with Dan McCafferty on vocals, Manny Charlton on guitar, Pete Agnew on bass and Darrel Sweet on drums. At that time the group began to write their own songs, but it wasn't until the summer of 1971 that they quit their day jobs and moved away from home to a shabby communal flat in London.
With their first record deal they recorded two albums that were a minor
success. The 1971 self-titled debut may stun fans who are accustomed to
the hard-driving Rock and gritty power ballads that characterize Nazareth's
more popular work.
"Exercises", the band's sophomore effort, followed a year later and was a collection of mostly acoustic tracks with lush harmonies and little sign of their Hard-Rock potential.
It wasn't until they teamed-up with Roger Glover of Deep Purple as producer that things started to really happen. First came "Razamanaz", the band's first album that climbed into the U.K. Top 20 chart, spearheaded by two smashes, "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy".