Nazareth vocalist Dan McCafferty shares the albums that changed his life

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.” 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.
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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 has given us his swan song in the band’s new album “Rock ’n’ Roll Telephone” (Conveyor), as he is retiring due to his health.

Nazareth Dan McCafferty photo by Marc Marnie

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.

Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley (aka Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll): Elvis’ first album is brilliant. Brilliant stuff.

ElvisPresley_Debut

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: I mean, when “Sgt. Pepper” came out, I thought I should become an interior decorator or something, because this is way beyond what I know (laughs).

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper

The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St.: All the Stones’ stuff, but with “Exile on Main St.,” you thought, “Wow, what a good record the boys have made.”

The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.

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.

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV

The Allman Brothers Band, Brothers And Sisters: One of the first gatefold sleeves I ever bought.

Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters

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.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced

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 Pain In My Heart

Otis Redding, all releases: Anything by Otis Redding.

Little Richard, all releases: All Little Richard.

Little Richard Here's 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.

The Who Tommy

Cream, all releases: All Cream.

Cream Disraeli Gears