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Darrel Sweet
Darrel Sweet
Heart Attack
April 30, 1999
Age 51
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      Nazareth drummer dies 

                                         Darrell Sweet, drummer of, legendary Scottish group, 
                                         Nazareth, has died of a heart attack in New Albany, 
                                         Indiana, aged 51. The band had just arrived at a venue in 
                                         Indiana at the beginning of the second leg of their 
                                         'Boogaloo' tour of America, when Darrell became ill. 
                                         Paramedics where called, however Darrell suffered a 
                                         major heart attack before they could get him to a hospital.  
                                         Sweet was a founder member of the group, which was 
                                         formed in Dunfermline in 1968, along with singer, Dan 
                                         McCafferty, bassist Pete Agnew and guitarist Manny 
                                         Charlton. Their self-titled debut album was released in 
                                         1971, the first of some 20 albums recorded during their career.  
        
                         Their biggest UK hits were 'Broken Down Angel' and 'Bad Bad Boy' in 1973 plus 
                         they scored a big US hit with 'Love Hurts' in 1976. Nazareth's most recent album 
                         was 'Boogaloo', released in 1998 on their 30th anniversary. In 1966, Sweet, 
                         McCafferty, and Agnew formed a band called The Shadettes, a cover band 
                         playing small bars and clubs. Two years later with Charlton, they re-named 
                         themselves 'Nazareth' taking the name from the opening line of the Band's 'The 
                         Weight', from their album 'Big Pink'.  

                         A service for Darrell will be held on Tuesday May 11th at 3.00pm at the following 
                         address: 

                         Kirkcaldy Crematorium 
                         Dunnikier Way 
                         Kirkcaldy, Fife 
                         Scotland, KY1 1PY 
                         Tel: 01593-260227 

                         Flowers and cards maybe sent to the above. 

                         A memorial fund has been set up in Darrell's name to provide music lessons and 
                         instruments for deserving children in his home area of Burntisland/Kirkcaldy. 
                         Rather than flowers, his family would appreciate donations - to be sent to: 
                         Darrell Sweet Memorial Fund 
                         27 Munro Street 
                         Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1PY 
                         Scotland

       
       
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Nazareth Drummer Dead At 51 
  
                       Darrell Sweet, whose drumming for the Scottish group Nazareth propelled 
                       rock classics like "Love Hurts" and "Hair of the Dog," died of a heart 
                       attack late last week. Sweet was 51. 

                       The drummer's death came shortly after the band arrived in New Albany, 
                       Indiana in preparation for the second leg of a U.S. tour. After falling ill at 
                       the venue, Sweet was rushed to New Albany Hospital where he was 
                       pronounced dead on Friday. 

                       Sweet helped found the group in Dumfermline, Scotland in 1968. Nazareth 
                       was born when Sweet, singer Dan McCafferty, and bassist Pete Agnew 
                       (who were in a group called the Shadettes) teamed up with guitarist Many 
                       Charlton. The band's self-titled debut album arrived in 1971, and the group 
                       has gone on to release some 20 albums in the years that have followed. 
                       The band' biggest U.S. hit came in 1976 with "Love Hurts," which peaked 
                       at number 8 on the singles chart. Nazareth's most recent album, " 
                       Boogaloo," was released in January. 

                       Sweet is survived by his wife, Marion, and two children: a son Michael, 
                       and a daughter, Maxine.

 
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                   Nazareth Drummer Dies  

                   Nazareth drummer 
                   Darrel Sweet died of 
                   a heart attack April 
                   30, as the band 
                   prepared to set out 
                   on the second leg of 
                   its U.S. tour in 
                   support of its latest 
                   album, Boogaloo.  

                   The band had arrived 
                   at Indiana's New Albany Amphitheater when the 
                   51-year-old Sweet began to feel ill. Within 
                   minutes he had gone into cardiac arrest. He was 
                   taken to the New Albany Hospital, where doctors 
                   pronounced him dead.  

                   Sweet is survived by his wife, Marion, and one 
                   son. Funeral arrangements have not been 
                   finalized.  

                   The Scottish band formed in 1968, hitting it big in 
                   the mid-'70s with the albums Razamanaz and 
                   Hair of the Dog, and their version of the Everly 
                   Brothers' "Love Hurts." 

 
 
 
       
 

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Darrel Sweet
Darrell Sweet (founding member) 
/Born May 16th,1947 to April 30th, 1999  Bournemouth England 
/Real name: Darrell Sweet 
/Instruements: Drum & vocals 
/Favorite Group: Aerosmith & Led Zepplin 
/Influences: Dan & Pete 
/First Group: The Shadettes 
/Biggest Break: Broken Down Angel 
/First Important Naz gig: Marquee Club 
/Previous Occupation: Accountant 
/Favorite Naz Album: BOOGALOO 
 

The Scottish hard rock quartet Nazareth had a handful of hard rock hits in the late '70s, including the proto-power ballad, "Love Hurts."  Formed in 1968, the band featured vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. The band had relocated to London by 1970, and they released their self-titled debut album in 1971. Both Nazareth and 1972's Exercises received favorable attention by British hard rockers, but it was 1973's Razamanaz that moved them into the U.K. Top Ten (both "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy" were hit singles). Loud N' Proud and Rampant (both 1974) followed the same formula, yet it was slightly less successful. 

Released the following year, Hair of the Dog established Nazareth as an internationally popular hard rock band. Featuring their revamped version of The Everly Brothers' "Love Hurts," the album sold over a million copies in the U.S. Until the end of the '70s, the band continued successfully as a quartet, releasing a series of Top 100 albums. In 1979, they added former Sensational Alex Harvey band guitarist Zal Cleminson to their lineup; he left after recording two albums -- 1979's No Mean City and 1980's Malice in Wonderland -- and was replaced by former Spirit keyboardist John Locke. Following the live 1981 album 'Snaz, guitarist Bill Rankin also joined the group; Locke left soon after his addition and Rankin switched to keyboards. 

By this time, their commercial appeal had dwindled across both the U.K. and the U.S. After 1985's Play the Game, Nazareth was left without a record contract, so the band was put on hiatus for a few years. They returned in 1992 with No Jive, which failed to gain an audience in America and Europe. 
In 1999, Nazareth resurfaced yet again with Boogaloo. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All-Music Guide

 
 
  
 
 

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