Ozzy Osbourne (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)
In honor of HALLOWEEN, an UP CLOSE tribute to the man who possibly started it all!
Ozzy Osbourne is as popular today as he ever was, (maybe even more). A heavy metal icon who is adored by school children AND their grandparents, with a musical career that has spanned more than 40 years! Not too many artists can boast such a broad and diverse fan base, particularly considering the Ozzy persona of 'crazy-bad-boy'. Or maybe that's a part of the appeal!
Born John Michael Osbourne, (Ozzy picked up the nickname in school,) rose to fame as the lead singer and front man for the English heavy metal band, BLACK SABBATH, whose debut album was released in 1970. The band's sound was radically different, and helped spawn the heavy metal genre, and Osbourne was later dubbed "The Godfather of Heavy Metal". (Thanks Ozzy!!)
To date, Ozzy has sold over 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist and as a member of Black Sabbath. Early on, for Black Sabbath, albums, Paranoid and Master of Reality, enjoyed fabulous success worldwide.
Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1978 for three months to pursue interest in a solo project he called Blizzard of Ozz, but returned just months later. Then, Ozzy was fired from Black Sabbath 1979. Ozzy himself reports that the causes were mainly due to 'all the drugs', not just his own partaking, but everyone in the band.