Ozzy Osbourne. biography
Born John Michael Osbourne on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England, Ozzy Osbourne was first offered the position of lead singer after he was release from jail, stemming from meaningless crimes. His new band Black Sabbath, initially named Earth, gained local attention for their blues-inspired rock-n-roll, but eventually drew in a bigger crowd once they ventured into the world of amplified sound, which would later be categorized as heavy-metal. Their unique, piercing sound with a religious undertone and whimsical essence garnished the attention of multiple record producers, leading to a record deal.
Black Sabbath's debut self-titled album was released in 1970, and was well-received through England and the U.S. The band's follow-up album Paranoid (1971) was a bigger hit with its lead singles "Iron Man," "War Pigs" and "Paranoid" turning into rock's go-to anthems. They went on to release a string of commercially successful albums, including Master of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1975), Sabotage (1975) and Technical Ecstasy (1976).
In 1978, Ozzy severed ties with the band to pursue a solo career. The risky move paid off with his debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz (1980) releasing to commercial success and his follow-up album His Diary of a Madman (1981) resulting in a similar triumph.
Ozzy's career gained momentum due to his public displays of total rebellion and misfit attitude during the 1980s. At one point, Ozzy threw raw meat on his audience, was arrested for peeing on the Alamo, ripped the head off of a dove in a business meeting as well as the head of a bat during a live performance.
In 1993, a year after announcing his retirement, Ozzy released his double-live album Live and Loud. The album's success woke him up out of his retirement and resulted in his first Grammy Award for his hit single "I Don't Want to Change the World."
Though his fame was on the rise, Ozzy's struggle with substance abuse began to affect his career throughout the 1990s. He was able to refuel his celebrity status with the help of his manager and wife Sharon Osbourne who had put together a deal with MTV for their family's reality show. The Osbournes debuted on March 5, 2002, and documented the raw lives of the rock family. The show was a nationwide hit, resulting in the 2002 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program and a 2003 Primetime nomination for the same category.
Following the end of the reality show in 2005, Ozzy and his Black Sabbath band mates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. His next album Black Rain (2007) debuted at number three on the album chart.