Manny Charlton Dies: Nazareth Founding Guitarist Who Played On ‘Love Hurts’ & Produced Early Guns N’ Roses Demos Was 80

manny charltonFounder Guitarist Nazareth who recorded the Scottish rock band’s most famous record “Love Hurts”, its LP. hair of the Dog, and also produced the early Guns N’ Roses demo, which passed away today. He was 80 years old. His grandson, Jamie Charlton, post news on social media With the caption “RIP Dada.”

Charlton founded Nazareth in 1968 with vocalist Dan McCafferty, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. The band was released in the UK on their 1973 third LP. had success with, Razamnaz, Produced by Roger Glover of Deep Purple. It peaked at number 11, and spawned a pair of Top 10 singles, “Broken Down Angel” and “Bad Bad Boy”, in Great Britain. its follow-up disc, loud and proud, Another hit single, “This Flight Tonight,” reached and peaked in the top 10 that same year.

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But both of those albums flopped on the Billboard 200 charts in the US in the 150s, as did the 1974 disc of Nazareth, fierce, However it reached number 13 in the UK.

But the next year statesside success was massive.

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hair of the Dog, The group’s six studio discs featured a revolutionary reworking of “Love Hurts”, a 1960 non-single by the Everly Brothers. The Kentucky duo’s country-flight arrangement was gone, replaced by a Charlton’s feedback-fueled guitar hook, which fed in a signature solo. The song went to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, Driving hair of the Dog in the US Top 20 and proved to be its biggest American success. It was later featured in several TV series, including That ’70s show, King of the Hill, Supernatural, And scrubs and a 2005 skateboarding picture, Lords of Dogtown.

The disc’s title track – which belongs to any respectable “Cowbell” playlist – also featured a driving guitar riff, and “Love Hurts” was the flip side of the single. Inspired by the oft-repeated line, “Now you’re messing with the son of a bitch,” the song remains a staple at classic rock outlets.

“Love Hurts” went gold in 1976, and hair of the Dog It was certified platinum in 1992 for sales of 1 million units.

The album also spawned a moderate UK hit single, “My White Cycle”, but the LP was not a hit there.

Nazareth 1976 album Close enough to rock ‘n’ roll 24 in the US, the last time the group made it to the top 40 states.

It had a minor US hit with the 1980 single “Holiday” and some FM play in 1982 for “Love Leads to Madness”. The group toured the US in 1981 with Crocus as their opening act.

Born in Spain on July 25, 1941, Charlton continued to record and tour with Nazareth until 1990, when he left the band.

But before that, he’d create a demo for one of rock’s biggest debut albums.

In 1986, Geffen Records brought in Charlton to oversee the recording of the demo to see what would happen. appetite for Destruction, Juggling’s first calling card for Guns N’ Roses. he recently said Interview With that buzzy, slimy quintet was “like Aerosmith and the Stones—especially with their image.”

The session produced over two dozen tracks, but the Charltons were unable to produce the final record due to Nazareth commitments. The disc would eventually top the Billboard 200 for five weeks; Brace of classics include “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle”; and became the seventh best-selling album in US history with over 18 million units. It has reportedly sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

In a Loudsound interview, GNR’s Charlton said: “They were a group of young people living their rock ‘n’ roll dreams and having the time of their lives. I never thought they would be one of the biggest bands in rock history. Will become

After leaving Nazareth, Charlton released a solo album and scored two discs with the Manny Charlton band before it broke up in 2003. He continued to record singles until 2016, neither of which made the US or UK charts.