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Ozzy Osbourne

The notorious “heavy metal madman,” singer Ozzy Osbourne is perhaps the most celebrated and widely recognized artist to ever work in the heavy metal sphere. Born on December 3, 1948, in the Aston neighborhood of Birmingham, England, Osbourne became a founding member of Black Sabbath, which laid the very foundation for heavy metal with their early ‘70s albums, including essential titles like ‘Paranoid,’ ‘Master of Reality’ and ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.’ After parting ways with Sabbath acrimoniously in 1978, Osbourne embarked on an initially discredited solo career, only to turn the tables on his former bandmates (who had enjoyed an immediate rebirth with his replacement, Ronnie James Dio, before falling on hard times themselves) with the help of guitar hero Randy Rhoads, and hit albums like ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Not even Rhoads’ tragic death in an airplane crash could derail Osbourne’s newfound career momentum — though Ozzy himself sure gave it his best shot, via his chronic drug abuse and infamous antics that ranged from urinating on the Alamo to biting off the heads of assorted flying creatures. Another hot shot guitarist, Jake E. Lee, backed Os-bourne for two strong albums, 1983’s ‘Bark at the Moon’ and ’86’s ‘The Ultimate Sin,’ before giving way to Zakk Wylde for 1988’s ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ and 1991’s career highlight ‘No More Tears,’ after which Osbourne announced his retirement. But this lasted all of a few months, and by 1995 the singer had a new solo album, ‘Ozzmosis,’ in record stores and was soon to embark on the first of his annual Ozzfests (devised with manager and wife Sharon Osbourne), which became the preeminent heavy metal festi-val of the ensuing decade and, among other things, accelerated his touring reunion with Black Sabbath. The band might have also resumed their recording activities in 2002, if not for the breakaway success of the reality TV show, ‘The Osbournes,’ which transformed Ozzy from heavy metal legend to mainstream celebrity, and convinced him to devote the third millennium’s first decade to more solo albums and tours, instead of Sabbath. Finally, 2011 saw the seminal old band’s official reunion (minus drummer Bill Ward) for the recording of 2013’s ’13’ album, and it currently appears as though Osbourne will remain committed to Black Sabbath for the immediate future, while continuing to pursue the odd extra-curricular project relating to his widespread fame.

Selected Discography: ‘Paranoid’ (1970), ‘Vol. 4’ (1972), ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (1980), ‘Diary of a Madman’ (1981), ‘No More Tears’ (1991) Related Artists: Black Sabbath, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee, Ronnie James Dio Further Reading: 10 Best Ozzy Osbourne Solo Songs Read More: Ozzy Osbourne News

Max Cavalera Talks Ozzy Osbourne’s Career Saving Advice After Departure From Sepultura

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Max Cavalera credits Ozzy for key advice following the veteran musician's departure from Sepultura.

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Jake E. Lee Claims He Was Denied Songwriting Credit on Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Bark at the Moon’

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Guitarist Jake E. Lee details how he was allegedly denied songwriting credit on Ozzy Osbourne's 'Bark At the Moon.'

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10 Unforgettable Ozzy Osbourne Moments

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Along with being the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne is the undisputed King of Rock Star Insanity.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Possible Knighthood: ‘I Can’t Imagine Anything Better’

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Ozzy Osbourne has commented on the online petition to have him knighted, saying that he can't imagine anything better and that it would be pretty cool.

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Ozzy Osbourne: ‘A Good Rock and Roll Show to Me Is Better Than Sex’

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What's better than sex for Ozzy Osbourne? A good rock show! But don't tell Sharon that.

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‘The Osbournes’ Revival Set to Air on VH1

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VH1 is reportedly nearing a deal to bring back 'The Osbournes' to the airwaves.

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Slash Salutes Ozzy Osbourne With MTV Europe Music Awards Performance of ‘Crazy Train’

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Slash, with help from Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil, saluted Ozzy Osbourne at the MTV EMA's with 'Crazy Train.'

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New ‘Bat Frog’ Species Named After Ozzy Osbourne

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A group of metalhead scientists were able to find an elusive frog which which can produce loud, bat-like sounds.

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Sharon Osbourne Reveals Plan To Film New Episodes of ‘The Osbournes’

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Sharon Osbourne revealed during an appearance on the U.K. TV show 'Loose Women' that her family will take part in a limited-run revival of 'The Osbournes.'

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Talk About Son Jack’s Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

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Over the weekend, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne talked about their son Jack's struggle at a Rock Against MS Foundation event.

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