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John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and went on to have a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, recording the album 13 in 2013. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal”.
In 1982 in Des Moines, Ozzy had a series of rabies shots after biting the head off a bat that an audience member threw on stage. Osbourne thought it was a fake plastic bat.
He was banned from San Antonio in 1982 and arrested for defiling a national monument for urinating on the Alamo. The ban was lifted in 1991 after Ozzy gave $10,000 to the caretakers of the Alamo.
When he was 17, he tried to join the army. They wouldn’t take him.
Ozzy hates Christmas. He thinks it’s silly to spend all your money at the end of the year.
Pat Boone used to live next door, but moved out. Ozzy thought he was a great neighbor.
When he was young, Ozzy wanted to be a plumber. He was a plumber’s apprentice when he was 15.
His wife, Sharon, is also his manager. She is the daughter of Don Arden, who managed Ozzy in Black Sabbath. When Ozzy went solo, Sharon bought out his contract from her dad.
He went sober in 1991. The drugs he did up to that point would have killed most men – there was a particularly bad spell in 1979 after being ousted from Black Sabbath where Ozzy says he likely would have died had manager Sharon Arden not signed him as a solo artist.
He threw meat at the audience on his Diary Of A Madman tour. This led to the bat incident when fans started throwing stuff back.
Ozzy has made cameos in a few movies, playing a fundamentalist preacher in the 1987 movie Trick Or Treat, a band manager in The Jerky Boys Movie, and himself in Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky. For that movie, he was in the ball that Nicky’s mother (Reese Witherspoon) gave him from God for when he was in trouble. Ozzy came out and bit the head off of Nicky’s brother who was trying to become the new Devil, thus saving the day. He also had a cameo in Austin Powers: Goldmember. (thanks, Emily – Fairfield, OH)
He has at least 15 tattoos, including the letters O,Z,Z,Y on the knuckles of his left hand. He made those himself with a needle and a piece of graphite while he was in jail for burglary as a youth.
Ozzy had no formal music training and wrote very few of the Black Sabbath songs. His showmanship and distinctive voice made him famous.
Former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads joined Ozzy when he went solo in 1980. Rhoads died two years later in Florida when he went up in a small plane and the pilot started buzzing Ozzy’s tour bus. On the third pass, the wing hit the bus and the plane crashed into a nearby house, killing Rhoads, the pilot, and the tour hairdresser. Rhoads was 25.
In late 2003, Sharon admitted that in the early 1980’s, she cheated on Ozzy with his guitarist, Randy Rhoads, although she had sex with him only once. She said she did it when she and Ozzy weren’t communicating, and that Ozzy knew, but hated discussing it, and that they both cried whenever talking about Randy. Around the same time, Ozzy admitted that he was molested at age 11 by two boys who used to wait for him to come home from school: “They felt me and touched me and… it was terrible. I was afraid to tell my father or mother.”
Ozzy: “I love Sharon more than life itself. And I love my children.”
Zakk Wylde heard Ozzy was going to have a guitar audition on Howard Stern’s radio show. Zakk got the job.
When they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Ozzy mooned the crowd because he felt they weren’t enjoying the band as much as they should. Iommi: “I’ve seen Ozzy’s arse more times than I’ve seen my own!”
Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon organized Ozzfest in 1996 when Lollapalooza refused to book Ozzy.
In 2009 Ozzy announced that he was looking for a new guitarists. Relations with Zakk Wylde were good, but Ozzy said his songs were beginning to sound a bit like Zakk’s Black Label Society.
Some of the text credits – Songfacts
Ozzy’s single “Let Me Hear You Scream” appeared on the April 14, 2010 episode of CSI: NY.
In March of 2002, MTV aired the first episode of The Osbournes, a reality show following Ozzy and his family. It broke records for the most-watched MTV show.
He met the other members of Black Sabbath when he posted an advertisement in a music store that simply said “Ozzy Zig Needs Gig- has own PA”
Ozzy’s first solo album, 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz, went multi-platinum. It contained the classic single Crazy Train.
In May 2005 Ozzy was diagnosed with Parkin Syndrome, a genetic condition that produces tremors and other Parkinson’s-like symptoms.
Now for another rumor, which sounds fake, but isn’t: Ozzy really did get his genes sequenced by Knome, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, get his health profile and find out how he could still be alive after all those drugs. The story, along with TEDMED video, here. Bottom line: geneticist Nathaniel Pearson actually found genes in Ozzy’s DNA that might allow him to metabolize substances differently than other people. That’s right: Ozzy has a mutant superpower.
Ozzy took 19 goes to pass his driving test.
Ozzy Osbourne was going to play Kylie Minogue’s fairy in Baz Luhrmann’s movie extravaganza Moulin Rouge! (yes, really!) However, his part was reduced to a single angry scream.