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Nazareth is a Scottish band hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland. The group, which was founded in 1968 by Dan McCafferty, has been gracing the world with their hard rock music since the early 70s. The band has mostly been a musical powerhouse on the continent of Europe but were fortunate to branch out internationally with their famous hit single "Love Hurts," released in 1975 on their album Hair of the Dog. This album would go on to sell over one million records in the United States. The Nazareth band came to be as a result of another group's ending. The founder of Nazareth, Dan McCafferty, used to be a part of the Scottish band The Shadettes. He took the leftover members of The Shadettes, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet, and formed the original cast of Nazareth. The band got their name from a city located in the United States, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In their song "The Weight," the band sings about how they "…pulled into Nazareth…" The group admired the name so much, that it became the title of their first album released in 1971. Prior to the new millennium, the group had released a total of twenty studio albums but in 1999, the group would be hit with hard times. Darrell Sweet passed away after having a heart attack. The group was preparing to tour the U.S. to promote their most recent album at the time, Boogaloo. Darrell would be replaced by Pete Agnew's son Lee.