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Ozzy Osbourne

As Black Sabbath’s singer for their first decade, Ozzy Osbourne helped shape the direction of a number of heavy genres in the ‘70s. After going solo in the ‘80s, he continued to inspire artists who liked their music loud, hard and with a side of darkness. After making eight, groundbreaking albums with Sabbath, Osbourne left the warring group for a solo career with 1980’s ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ which picked up where he left off with Sabbath. His next few albums – like 1981’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ and 1983’s ‘Bark at the Moon’ – made him a star all over again in the ‘80s, as he helped launch the career of some of rock’s most in-demand musicians. While continuing to release records in the ‘90s and ‘00s, Osbourne started a popular music festival and became an unlikely TV star (along with the rest of his real-life family). In 2013, he reunited with his Black Sabbath bandmates for a successful album and tour.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward Says He Volunteered to Fire Ozzy Osbourne From Black Sabbath in 1979

When the members of Black Sabbath decided Ozzy Osbourne needed to go in 1979, drummer Bill Ward volunteered for the difficult task of telling him he was out of a job.

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Jet Records

Ozzy Osbourne Thought ‘Diary of a Madman’ Sounded Like ‘Crap’

Bassist Rudy Sarzo recalls during a new interview with the Metal Voice that 'Diary of a Madman''s final mix caught Ozzy Osbourne completely by surprise — and not in a good way.

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Epic

5 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Bounces Back With ‘Scream’

Ozzy Osbourne began the '00s with a strong solo album, 'Scream.'

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Ozzy Osbourne to Form Supergroup With Slash and Tom Morello

Ozzy Osbourne will play the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans with Slash, Tom Morello and his Black Sabbath bandmate, Geezer Butler.

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Bill Ward Won’t Reunite With Black Sabbath Until Dispute With Ozzy Osbourne Is Resolved

Bill Ward said he won't reunite with Black Sabbath until his dispute with Ozzy Osbourne is resolved.

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Ipecac / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Faith No More Drummer Mike Bordin Talks Re-Recording Parts on Classic Ozzy Records

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin talks about re-recording parts on classic Ozzy Osbourne records.

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smokinggun.com

31 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested in Memphis

Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis on May 14, 1984.

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Ozzy Osbourne Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Ozzy Osbourne Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Our list of Ozzy Osbourne Albums, Ranked Worst to Best, shows just how quickly the former Black Sabbath frontman got started with his solo career.

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Bill Ward Says Ozzy Osbourne’s Fans ‘F—ing Hate Me’

For all the public squabbling between Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward over the past few years, the former Black Sabbath drummer maintains that he holds no grudges toward anybody.

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MJ Kim, Getty Images / YouTube

Ozzy Osbourne Donated $10K to Those Junior ‘Crazy Train’ Percussionists

More than three-quarters of a million people have watched the Louisville Leopard Percussionists' cool update of "Crazy Train."

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