‘ “I remember the exact date that we turned full-time,” reminisces Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew. “It was the first of July 1971 and our manager told us, ‘Turn pro, and I’ll pay you the same salary as you’re earning now’. We were all married at the time, so although it wasn’t much money it made things a lot easier for us to get really started.”
“But we took some persuading,” confides vocalist Dan McCafferty with a grin. “We had already a few regular gigs and were making some nice spondoolah on top of the day-jobs. We decided we’d give it a year; if it didn’t work out then we could all just go back to work. And it’s something we do to this very day – every first of July, either Pete or I rings the other and says, ‘D’ya fancy giving it another 12 months?’”
“Daniel McCafferty and Peter Agnew actually met on their very first day at school, aged five. Asked to share a double-desk together they’ve been best friends ever since. For the overwhelming majority of that time they’ve also liked the same music and been in bands together.” ‘http://www.daveling.co.uk/doc-nazareth.htm#article
‘”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. [note: changed name from Shadettes to Nazareth in 1970]
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”.’ http://100xr.com/artists/N/Nazareth.htm
“Nazareth evolved from The Shadettes, a hard-working band based in Dunfermline Scotland with a long illustrious history of support duties at the [Kinema] ballroom. Manuel ‘Manny’ Charlton had previously played with Mike Satan & The Hellcats, The Red Hawks and The Marshmallow 400 before joining The Shadettes in 1968 and it was he who first suggested that they begin to play their own material. They changed their name to Nazareth in February 1970 as they completed a residency at the ballroom and commenced another at the Bellville Hotel just across the road where, in the foyer, they heard the source of their new name in the opening line of a song called ‘The Weight’ (Sept 1968) by ‘The Band’. (“I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling ’bout half past dead”).” http://www.kinemagigz.com/’n’.htm#Nazareth
[But allegedly Pete Agnew, the bass player, has a different story. There is a Convent/childrens’ home orphanage called Nazareth House and it was famous for the Nuns’ and priests’ sexual abuse and child cruelty back in the sixties … some cases are still coming forward today. Anyway the band were looking for a name which was hard and cruel and heavy so Dan Mcafferty the singer said “why not Nazareth”. They looked in astonishment why Nazareth? Nazareth said Dan you can’t get more hard and heavy than that].
Nazareth 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDE1eFZffo0
Viglante Man [Nazareth 1973] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh8qgw4SZsk
The name Nazareth was adopted from a hit tune from The Weight in 1968. Two members of the group were part of The Shadettes, a name conceived by one of the groups mentors, The Shadows who came to fame as Cliff Richard’s back up band on Oh Boy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYwiBJou5no the early British TV music program. Shadows hit “Apache”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzgbcyfJgfQ
History of Shadettes and Nazareth: http://www.nazarethdirect.co.uk/website/the-band/nazareth-history/ http://www.daveling.co.uk/doc-nazareth.htm Nazareth top 10: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/nazareth-songs/
[Photo archive – Bygone Dunfermline] ‘ “FOR more than 40 years Dan McCafferty has not only been the hard-edged voice of legendary Scottish rockers Nazareth but, with fellow original member Pete Agnew, he has taken the band through the ups and downs of an ever-fickle music industry, to remain one of the most explosive and exciting live bands out there.
With a UK tour under way, including a gig at The Brook in Southampton on March 21, the band are still delivering the goods in the form of hard rock tunes, mixed with heartfelt ballads and their unwavering sense of fun.
“We still love playing live; it’s the best part of the job and the fun part of our day. For that couple of hours each night we can forget about the other things going on in our lives and just enjoy the moment, and I hope the fans can get into that sense of things as well,” he says.
Formed in Dunfermline in the early 60s and originally known as the Shadettes, they changed their name to Nazareth in 1968. The band was heavily influenced by the American R&B invasion then sweeping the UK.
“Me and Pete were into soul music in the early days, we both loved Otis Reading, Sam & Dave that kind of thing, and then we heard the Rolling Stones and things changed.
“They made a difference, they had that edge, their music wasn’t perfect, there was bum notes and mistakes, but it was raw and exciting. They made us think, if they can do it we can do it as well.”
Struggling to find local gigs, the band kept on going, for no other reason than, as McCafferty explains “if you wanted to eat, you had to work.” The boys from Scotland finally moved to London in 1970, and soon released their self-titled first album.”‘ http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/leisure/music/interviews/9578385.INTERVIEW__Dan_McCafferty__Nazareth/