Manny Charlton was the founding lead guitarist for the Scottish rock band Nazareth, known for hits including “Love Hurts” and “Hair of the Dog.”
A native of Spain, Charlton immigrated to Scotland with his family as a child and played in a number of bands as a young man. He joined the Shadettes and was one of four members who retooled the band into Nazareth in 1968. Charlton’s bluesy guitar sound was integral to Nazareth’s music, including their chart-topping 1976 cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Love Hurts.” Charlton also became Nazareth’s producer in the mid-1970s, beginning with their platinum album “Hair of the Dog.” On the strength of that album’s production, Axl Rose sought out Charlton to produce Guns N’ Roses’ debut studio album, “Appetite for Destruction.” His productions ended up not being used for the original 1987 release but were included on a 2018 reissue. Charlton left Nazareth in 1990 and recorded several solo albums as well as founding the Manny Charlton Band.
Charlton on “Hair of the Dog”
“What that album did was set the band up for American success forever… Looking back I’m still trying to understand why it was so successful! I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all about the attitude of the songs, performances and the rawness of the production. This was the first album that I produced for the band… beginner’s luck you might say?” —from a 2012 interview for Legendary Rock Interviews
Tributes to Manny Charlton
Full obituary: Variety