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.
Classic Rock Stars Dominate First Week of Rock Hall Fan Voting
Over 835,000 votes were submitted in the first week of polling.
Ozzy Blasts 'Antisemite' Kanye West for Unauthorized Sample
Black Sabbath singer says he denied rapper permission to use "Iron Man" and wants "no association" with him.
Sharon Osbourne Says Ozzy Plans to Play Two Final Concerts
Last year, the metal legend said his touring days 'have ended.'
Why Michael Schenker Demanded a Private Jet From Ozzy Osbourne
Guitarist recalls his deliberately outrageous demand in 1982, after his plan to join Aerosmith fell foul of a misunderstanding in 1979.
Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Internet Hoax: 'I’m Not Dead'
He was shocked to see himself included in a video of celebrities who have died.
Why Ozzy Osbourne 'Never Felt Comfortable' Being Labeled 'Metal'
He also reveals the one career goal he still wants to achieve.
First Manager Says Black Sabbath Would Sneer at Shy Ozzy Osbourne
Back then, Jim Simpson said the future metal icon was "never very confident in what he could do."
When Ozzy Osbourne Revisited His Past on 'Speak of the Devil'
Ozzy Osbourne was in a terrible spot at the end of 1982, but he somehow managed to pull it together and release 'Speak of the Devil' on Nov. 27, 1982.