The Manny Charlton Band

Nazareth – The Hits and Beyond Tour

Featuring: Manny Charlton former Nazareth Lead Guitarist,Song Writer and Producer and Linton Osborne former Nazareth Lead Singer.

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Manny Charlton

Spanish-born Manny Charlton’s family immigrated to Dunfermline Scotland in the early 1940’s.

Prior to joining Nazareth, Charlton played in a few bands, most notably the Mark 5 and later the Red Hawks, until joining the local semi-pro Dunfermline band The Shadettes.

In 1968, the band changed their name to Nazareth, inspired by the opening lyric from “The Weight“, a song by The Band.

 

Manny Charlton played a huge part in Nazareth’s worldwide success. His bluesy style of playing, combined with Dan McCafferty‘s vocals, first came to the attention of wider rock audiences when Nazareth toured in 1971 as the opening act for Deep Purple. But by 1973, they were headlining their own shows. Manny Charlton also became the band’s producer for many years, succeeding Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, after the band decided they wanted to move in a new direction for the Hair of the Dog album.

Released in 1975 “Hair Of The Dog” attained platinum in the United States and has to date sold in excess of two million copies. The title track was covered by Guns ’n’ Roses, and in recent years Nazareth’s own version has been featured on both television and in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

 

Hair Of The Dog is probably the band’s best known album, and contains their biggest ever hit “Love Hurts” one of the most recognizable rock ballads of all time, and possibly the quintessential inspiration for any 1980’s power ballad. It reached No. 8 in the U.S., and also holds the record for the number of weeks spent on the Norwegian chart. Around this time Manny Charlton also produced the self-titled Dan McCafferty debut album.

 

After leaving Nazareth in 1990, Charlton played some solo shows on the Scottish club circuit, and released his first solo album Drool in 1997, on the Red Steel record label with Neil Miller on vocals. The following year, he relocated to Texas, where he formed the Manny Charlton Band (MCB). The new outfit released a pair of albums “Stonkin’” and “Klone This” before disbanding in 2003. Charlton then focused on solo material again, releasing Say The Word on the Scottish label River Records in 2004.

2005 saw the release of Sharp, which is on the whole a covers album, including Tim Hardin‘s “Hang On To A Dream” and Bob Dylan‘s “Shelter From The Storm”. Later that year, Manny completed the follow-up to Sharp, the aptly named Sharp Re-Loaded.

 

In early 2006, Manny Charlton joined the Swedish rock band “From Behind” who also have the ex-Samson frontman Nicky Moore on vocals. “From Behind” released their debut album titled Game Over, and toured to support of the album throughout Europe.

 

Manny Charlton left the “From Behind” project in 2007. His latest solo album ‘Americana Deluxe’ was released early April and contains covers of classic songs such as “The Sea Of Love” and Fleetwood Mac‘s “Tusk”.”

 

In 1995 Manny Charlton sent to ID Software, creator of Doom, a cassette tape featuring an untitled song that John Romero would later title “Blood On The Walls”. The liner said, “For all the guys and gals at I.D. (sic) who came up with the coolest game this side of hell, kick some demon butt to this!!” It also said “Distribute as shareware“, in keeping with the old days of PC gaming in which one could get the first third or fourth of the game for free or a reduced price, and buy the full game later. Romero would later find this tape in his things, and record it to mp3, providing it for free on his website.

The song is actually titled “Doom” from Manny Charlton’s album Drool.

In 2012, Manny signed to GB Records of Los Angeles and teamed up with notable bassist Tim Bogert, percussion specialist Walfredo Reyes, Jr., and Robin de Lorenzo to create a new record called Hellacious.

 

Now teamed up with former Nazareth lead vocalist Linton Osborne to form “Sonz Of Bitchez.”

 

The circle is now complete.

Nazareth – The Hits and Beyond Tour

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Linton Osborne

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in Rosyth near Dunfermline, 42-year-old Linton has been singing and performing professionally for as long as he can remember and was chosen as the replacement for Dan McCafferty in Nazareth in Feb 2014.

 A long time fan of McCafferty, Linton was given the thumbs up by the legend on his appointment to Nazareth and Dan was pleased that a “local lad” had been chosen.

 Linton is still in regular contact with Dan, and the two singers get on extremely well.

 Despite great reviews “ This guy could revitalise Nazareth ” Malcolm Dome – Team Rock, it sadly didn’t work out, and Nazareth and Linton parted company in January 2015.

 This gave Linton the opportunity to team up with another founder member of Nazareth, Legendary Guitarist – Manny Charlton.

 After working with Nazareth it was a natural progression to team up with the man who wrote all those great riffs, and produced all those hit songs.

 Linton and Manny get on so well, on both a personal and musical level that they decided to form the band “Sonz of Bitchez”. Now here’s looking forward to the future.

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