Manny Charlton, Nazareth guitarist, dead at 80

Manny Charlton, founding guitarist of Scottish band Nazareth, has died aged 80. The news was confirmed by her grandson in a social media post. No cause of death was given.

As well as playing with Nazareth until 1990, Charlton produced early Guns N’ Roses demos.

Charlton was born in Spain but his family moved to Dunfermline, Scotland when he was a child. He played in several bands in the 60s before one became Nazareth, which he helped form in 1968. He played on some of the band’s most successful recordings, including the 1975 one . Dog’s hairwhich was a Top 20 hit in the United States and spawned the popular title track as well as a cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Love Hurts”, which was a Top 10 hit from Nazareth.

The group scored only one other chart success in the United States, the 1980 single “Holiday”, which peaked at No. 187. But Nazareth’s albums were rock station favorites. Close enough for Rock ‘n’ Roll1976 and 1980s Mischief in Wonderland both made the Top 50.

Charlton played on 17 Nazareth albums before leaving the band and embarking on a solo career. He has released over a dozen albums as a solo artist that spanned the 10s.

In 1986, Charlton was hired by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to produce the band’s debut album. He recorded over two dozen tracks with the band in Los Angeles before later returning to Nazareth. His work with Guns N’ Roses has found its way onto various compilations and B-sides over the years, although 1987 appetite for destruction was ultimately produced by Mike Clink.

In 1993, Guns N’ Roses paid homage to Nazareth by recording “Hair of the Dog” on their covers album “The spaghetti incident?”

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