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
they scored a big US hit with 'Love Hurts' in 1976. Nazareth's most recent
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
Weight', from their album 'Big Pink'.
A service for Darrell will be held on Tuesday May 11th at 3.00pm at the
Scotland, KY1 1PY
Flowers and cards maybe sent to the above.
A memorial fund has been set up in Darrell's name to provide music lessons
instruments for deserving children in his home area of Burntisland/Kirkcaldy.
Rather than flowers, his family would appreciate donations - to be sent
Darrell Sweet Memorial Fund
27 Munro Street
Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1PY
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
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.
Nazareth Drummer Dies
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
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
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."