Ozzy Osbourne

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Ozzy Osbourne

Musician John Michael Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England. Osbourne is best known as the lead singer of the tremendously popular heavy metal ensemble Black Sabbath.Born to a solidly working class family, Osbourne left school at an early age. He worked at a series of menial jobs until his experiments with petty crime landed him in jail. Upon his release, Osbourne was asked by several acquaintances to sing for a new band. The band, originally called Earth, played a mix of mainstream, blues-inspired rock. While Earth earned some local notoriety, it wasn't until the group began experimenting with the hard-driving, amplified sound that would later characterize the heavy metal genre, that the band caught the attention of record producers. Fortunately or unfortunately, the band's moniker was already in use by another group. They adopted the name Black Sabbath, a reference to the classic Boris Karloff film.


1948 - Ozzy is born1967 - Black Sabbath band is created1978 - "Blizzard of Ozz"1979 - Osbourne leaves Black Sabbath1990 - "Ozzfest"2011 - BS Reunion

Ozzy wins a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2000 as a part of Black Sabbath for "Iron Man."Ozzy (with Black Sabbath) headlines OZZfest 2001. Over 1 million-plus fans attended 32 sold-out dates.Noted film director Penelope Spheeris shoots a full-length documentary on OZZfest titled We Sold Our Souls For Rock 'n' Roll, that debuts at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Ozzy also appears in the Adam Sandler film Little Nicky and Austin Powers Goldmember (with the Osbournes).Ozzy receives an MTV Movie Awards 2001 nomination for "Best Cameo" for his role in Little Nicky.Ozzy has released 13 albums during his 20-year career with Epic Records.Ozzy receives a Star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, April 12, 2002.The Osbournes debuts on MTV to a record-breaking audience for a new program. Further episodes create a national sensation around the Osbourne family and ratings skyrocket to become the highest-ever in MTV's 22 year history. The Osbournesis still the highest rated series in MTV's history.Ozzy dines with President Bush at the Washington Correspondents Association Dinner in May 2002.Ozzy performs the Black Sabbath classic "Paranoid" for Queen Elizabeth's 50th Jubilee celebration at Buckingham Palace in June 2002

Lasting Impact

With Sabbath, Osbourne laid both the musical and aesthetic groundwork for the heavy-metal movement in modern rock and roll.


Ozzy Osbourne Biography



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