By Patrick Prince
Through numerous decades and lineup changes, the gritty-voiced Dan McCafferty has warned us off romantic entanglements with the heartfelt “Love Hurts” and downright vicious “Hair of The Dog.”
But Nazareth’s lead singer gave us a swan song of sorts in the band’s 2014 album Rock ’n’ Roll Telephone (Conveyor), afterwards retiring from touring due to his health. The singer does the occasional live performance and continues to put out solo records.
McCafferty grew up in a time when, he says, “You got some money in your pocket, you went and got music or you went to the movies, because there was nothing else you could do.”
Here’s the music McCafferty sought out.
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV: The thing is, we all loved Led Zeppelin anyway. And after Led Zeppelin III, we thought it was great. And then they put out IV, and it was like, “Wow.” They just lifted the bar even higher, which was really appreciated by us, the fans.
The Allman Brothers Band, Brothers And Sisters: One of the first gatefold sleeves I ever bought.
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced: When it first came out, it was like, “Hello, how’s he doing that?!” I saw Hendrix in Glasgow. He was the headliner. It was outstanding. The first thing I see is three Marshall stacks. He had three. Everybody went, “Oh!” Everyone was desperate to hear him by the time the record came out.
Otis Redding, all releases: Anything by Otis Redding.
Little Richard, all releases: All Little Richard.
The Who, Tommy: The first time (The Who) did “Tommy,” they used to leave London and do Glasgow University — the Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline — and that’s where they used to practice their new set, to play it in front of people and see how it went. I saw the second-ever live version of “Tommy.” Oh yeah, I love The Who.
Cream, all releases: All Cream.