Charlton in 1976.
|Birth name||Manuel Charlton|
25 July 1941 |
La Línea, Andalusia, Spain
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, pop rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, banjo|
|Gibson Les Paul|
Charlton's family had emigrated from Spain to Dunfermline, Scotland in the 1960s. 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 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 U.S., and also holds the record for the number of weeks spent on the Norwegian chart. Charlton also produced the self-titled Dan McCafferty debut LP around this time.
Exit from Nazareth
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, Charlton completed the follow-up to Sharp, the aptly named Sharp Re-Loaded.
In early 2006, 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 in support of the album around Europe.
As of 2007, Charlton is no longer part of the From Behind project. His latest solo album 'Americana Deluxe' was released early April and contains covers of classic songs such as Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk".
2008 saw two bands touring with the name Nazareth as Charlton formed an alternate version of the band called Nazareth with Manny Charlton, which toured playing the songs he made famous with the original Nazareth. This created some confusion amongst the fans as there were two Nazareth shows occurring in different cities on the same night.
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. 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 2012, Charlton 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.
Discography (excluding Nazareth)
- Manny Charlton - Drool (1999)
- Manny Charlton - Bravado (2000)
- Manny Charlton Band – Stonkin’ (2002)
- Manny Charlton Band – Klone This (2003)
- Manny Charlton – Say The Word (2004)
- Manny Charlton - Sharp (2004)
- Manny Charlton – Sharp Re-Loaded (2005)
- From Behind – Game Over (2006)
- Manny Charlton – Americana Deluxe (2007)
- Manny Charlton – Then There’s This (2008)
- Manny Charlton Band - Hellacious (2013)
- Manny Charlton - Sharp / Sharp Re-Loaded (2CD Reissue) (2014)
- "Manny Charlton Band - It Does Something" (2012)
- Nazareth with Manny Charlton – Rock ‘N’ Roll Resort (Live) (2008)
- Various Artists – A Tribute To Led Zeppelin (2008)
- Robin DeLorenzo – Walkin' Miles in My Shoes (2014)
- The Fluffy Jackets – Fighting Demons (2014)
- Official Manny Charlton website
- Manny Charlton at AllMusic
- John Romero's Doom page features a section on MCB's gift to id Software and accompanying mp3 and a scan of the liner