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Charlton in 1976.
|Birth name||Manuel Charlton|
|Born||25 July 1941|
La Línea, Andalusia, Spain
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, pop rock|
Manuel "Manny" Charlton (born 25 July 1941, La Línea, Andalusia, southern Spain) is a founding member of the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and was their lead guitarist from 1968 to 1990.
Charlton's family had emigrated from Spain to Dunfermline, Scotland in the 1940s when he was aged 2. 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.
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.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. Hair of the Dog attained platinum sales in the United States and has to date sold in excess of two million copies. It is the band's most well known album, and contains their biggest ever hit "Love Hurts" which reached No. 8 in the US. Charlton also produced the self-titled Dan McCafferty debut LP around this time.
Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses initially wanted "the producer of Nazareth's Hair of the Dog"[ citation needed ] to produce what would become the band's breakthrough album. Manny Charlton subsequently got the request from Geffen Records and did produce several performances recorded at Sound City (LA) on 4 June 1986. The songs include "Paradise City", two versions of "Move to the City", "November Rain", "Shadow of your Love" (takes one and two), and "Reckless Life". However, after the initial work, Nazareth duties were pressing for Charlton to return to Europe, and Guns N Roses eventually hired Mike Clink to produce the album. Charlton's productions were included as a bonus disc on the 2018 re-issue of Appetite for Destruction .
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 band released a pair of albums –Stonkin and Klone This– before disbanding in 2003.
In 1995, 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.[ citation needed ] Romero would later find this tape and record it to mp3, providing it for free on his website. The song is actually titled "Doom" from Charlton's album Drool.
In 2004, Charlton released Say The Word on the Scottish label River Records. 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, Charlton completed the follow-up to Sharp, titled Sharp Re-Loaded.
In early 2006, Charlton joined the Swedish rock band, From Behind, who released their debut album titled Game Over, and toured in support of the album around Europe before disbanding in late 2007. Charlton then released a solo album Americana Deluxe, covering songs such as Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk".
In March 2013, Charlton released Hellacious.co-produced by Gary Bryant (GB Records). This recording was made in California and featured Tim Bogert, Walfredo Reyes, Jr., Steven Adler, Vivian Campbell and Robyn DeLarenzo.
In 2014, Charlton's solo albums Sharp and Sharp Re-Loaded were issued as a double CD. Neil Jefferies of Classic Rock commended Charlton's production work, writing: "Among three Dylan songs tackled, All Along The Watchtower is simply stunning, sidestepping both the original and Hendrix’s seminal version with quasi-reggae tones that cement Charlton’s reputation as a truly gifted arranger."
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Hair of the Dog is the sixth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1975. The album was recorded at Escape Studios, Kent, with additional recording and mixing at AIR Studios, London, and is the group’s best known and highest selling release, with over two million copies sold worldwide.
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