Ozzy Osbourne, born December 3, 1948, is a prolific singer, songwriter, and television personality. His fame and recognition came about when he became the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, a heavy metal band in the 1970s. He was dubbed “The Prince of Darkness” during the time. After he left Black Sabbath, he went on to have a very successful career on his own. He released 12 studio albums of which the first seven got him multi-platinum certifications. His album sales between his solo career and with Black Sabbath add up to $100 million. Osbourne has received several awards and accolades both in the United States and Britain and has earned the title, “Godfather of Metal” due to his immense success and longevity. We are ecstatic to celebrate him with you today.
John Michael Osbourne
Ozzy, The Great Ozz, The Blizzard of Oz, The Godfather of Heavy Metal, and The Prince of Darkness.
December 3, 1948
Ozzy Osbourne wears many hats in the music and entertainment industry. Also known as “The Prince of Darkness,” he was born on December 3, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham. His parents were John Thomas “Jack” Osbourne and Lilian. His father worked at the General Electric Company as a toolmaker and his mother was a factory worker. He was raised together with three older sisters and two younger brothers, Jean, Iris, Gillian, Paul, and Tony. His primary school life was not easy. He suffered dyslexia and was sexually abused at the age of 11. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and was employed as a casual laborer at a construction site. He also worked as an apprentice toolmaker, car factory horn-tuner, and abattoir worker.
“Rare Breed” was Osbourne’s first gig. After Geezer Butler formed it, he recruited Osbourne as a vocalist. After they broke the group up, Osbourne and Butler went to form “Polka Tulk Blues” together with Tony Iommi and Bill Ward. After changing their name twice, they finally settled on “Black Sabbath” in 1969. This was based on the film, “Black Sabbath.” Their music was laced with heavy blues, gloomy sounds, and lyrics. The lyrics to “Black Sabbath” came about after Butler read an occult book and started seeing dark figures at the end of the bed. Their debut album, “Black Sabbath” and “Paranoid” had massive and enduring success. In 1973, they released “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and became the first band to receive positive reviews from the mainstream press. It also became their fifth platinum-selling album.
When Osbourne left “Black Sabbath,” he went on to have a very successful solo career. He also became a reality television star after appearing on the T.V. show, “The Osbournes” as himself together with his wife, Sharon, and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack. He also starred in “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” with his kids.
He successfully releases his debut album “Black Sabbath,” which is named after his band.
Black Sabbath releases the acclaimed, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” album.
Osbourne leaves the band to pursue “Blizzard of Ozz,” a successful solo project.
He launches his album “No More Tears” with the hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” at the peak of his commercial success.
He rejoins Black Sabbath to record their final studio album.
He receives the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.
Why We Love Ozzy Osbourne
He is a fighter
After he left the band, he did not give up. He decided to work on his solo career with the help of his manager and it paid off. Even after going through losses, he marched on and became one of the best heavy metal musicians ever.
He is family-oriented
Despite his struggle with drug abuse and alcohol, Osbourne really loved his children. He has written songs about them such as ‘My Little Man’ which he wrote for his son, Jack. He loves spending time with his family and values their input in his life.
He is a revolutionary
He kept heavy metal alive and thriving regardless of the criticism he got. He has been referred to as a satanist and has been accused of being in a cult but that did not hinder his art. He has nurtured his creativity and has managed to amass a huge and loyal following.
5 Surprising Facts
Barbara Bush is his fan
The former first lady, Barbara Bush, is his fan and loves his music.
He once fought a robber
He once caught a thief going through his wife’s closet and wrestled him.
He has homemade tattoos
He has smiley face tattoos on his knees that he made using sewing needles and grate polish.
He gets stage fright
After all this time, he admits that he still suffers from stage fright.
He has been arrested before
He has spent time in jail and served time for breaking and entering.
Ozzy Osbourne FAQs
What are Ozzy Osbourne's health issues?
Osbourne suffers from a brain disorder called Parkison’s disease.
What is Ozzy Osbourne's favorite album?
Osbourne’s favorite album is “Diary of a Madman.”
Why did Ozzy Osbourne marry his wife on July 4?
Osbourne married his wife on July 4, which is U.S. Independence Day, so that he wouldn’t forget their anniversary.
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