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Manny Charlton R.I.P.

The founding member of Nazareth guitarist Manuel “Manny” Charlton has passed away at the age of 80. Roger Glover writes:

Very sad to hear that Nazareth’s guitarist, Manny Charlton, has died.

I last met him about five years ago in Spain after losing touch for many years, and it was a lovely reunion. Nazareth played a huge part in my life in the 70’s. My thoughts go to his family and friends. He shall be missed.


Charlton was the guitar player for Nazareth from 1968 until 1990. After leaving Nazareth he continued a successful career, releasing 14 albums solo and with his own band.

9 Comments to “Manny Charlton R.I.P.”:

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    MacGregor says:

    Vale Manny Charlton. A fine guitarist & this clip says it all. Old school guitarist with a Stratocaster & a Marshall amp, say no more. Nazareth were a good band back in the 70’s & no doubt beyond that era also. I remember the Rampant album I used to own & a few other songs of theirs here & there. RIP

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    Ivica says:

    “Painful 23 second guitar solo” (LH) brilliantly


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    Leslie S Hedger says:

    May he RIP! Rampant is one of my all time favorite albums!!

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    I loved his creamy Les Paul sound + great slide playing. And his look caught my attention because he resembled Jon Lord!

    Sad news, razamanaz in peace …

    You can hear him here (that idiosyncratic slide playing of his) on a song fitting the occasion, backing his singer on a solo outing from 1975 with 3/5 of the Alex Harvey Band and that one guy from DP on bass who always wore a hat … Manny also produced the track.


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    Micke says:

    Rampant is a great album! Razamanaz is up there too! Rest in peace Manny.

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    George Martin says:

    For me it was “Loud and Proud”. What a great album. Go Down Fighting and Not Faking It are 2 of my favorite Nazareth songs. RIP Manny.

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    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Sad. Such a great musician. I’ll have to listen to my Close Enough for Rock ‘n’ Roll cassette that I bought in 1978.

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    TommyD says:

    It’s always sad to hear of yet another skillful musician passing. For me, perhaps more so as Nazareth were the support band for my very first Deep Purple concert at Newcastle City Hall on February 27th 1973 and I can remember nearly every single second of both sets. Manny in knee high boots and hat mesmerising with his slide interpretation of Vigilante Man still sends shivers as did their whole performance and they were allowed an encore. Purple weren’t bad either!
    I will be listening to Naz and his solo stuff in his honour and even the cringingly named Fluffy Jackets album he illuminated.
    Rest in Peace Manny, you made a lot of people very happy.

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    RIP Manny!!!!!

    Got to see him and Nazareth open for MK4 PURPLE in Miami. Incredible show. One of MK4’s best gigs and Nazareth was at the top of their game. A standout concert that to this day pops up in my head in full visual and audio….

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