Saturday, February 22, 2014

Nazareth name new singer

Lee Agnew, Linton Osborne, Pete Agnew and Jimmy Murrison

Scottish rockers Nazareth have named Lintin Osborne as their new frontman following last year’s retirement of founding member and singer Dan McCafferty.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in Rosyth near Dunfermline, the 41-year-old Linton has been singing and performing professionally for as long as he can remember.

Osborne joins Nazareth after an extensive audition process; the band are now in rehearsals as they prepare to return to the road for live dates.

Last August, McCafferty announced his retirement from the band due to health issues, including C.O.P.D. ( Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), which had gotten worse in the past year.

Nazareth formed in December 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland, from the remaining members of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formed in 1961) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton (ex Mark V and The Red Hawks), bassist Pete Agnew and drummer Darrell Sweet.

The group took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of The Band's classic song "The Weight" ("I pulled into Nazareth / Was feelin' about half past dead...").

The band has included several players through the years, with McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew the only continuous members.

The new lineup includes Osborne, Agnew, guitarist Jimmy Murrison and Agnew’s son, Lee, on drums.

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