English heavy metal singer and songwriter. He was an original member of Black Sabbath, a pioneering heavy metal band, and became infamous for his extreme stage antics, satanic rituals, and publicity stunts. A prolific, controversial, and enduring talent, he has enjoyed a successful solo career for more than 25 years.
Black Sabbath developed a cult following in both the UK and the USA after their self-titled debut in 1970. After nearly a decade of high-volume album sales, he left Black Sabbath in 1979 to create his own band, which debuted with the album Blizzard of Ozz (1981). He and his wife Sharon Osbourne (1952– ) created Ozz-Fest, an annual and highly successful heavy metal tour, and gained an even wider audience with his reality television show The Osbournes (2002–05), featuring scenes of his humorously dysfunctional family life.
He was born in Birmingham, England. He left school at 15 and was imprisoned for burglary before deciding to pursue a career as a singer. His infamous stunts include biting the head off a live bat on stage (for which he was treated for rabies) and urinating on the wall of the Alamo monument in San Antonio in 1982. His lyrics were also controversial and dealt with alcohol, drugs, and insanity. In the late 1980s he was sued for allegedly inciting teen suicide through the lyrics of ‘Suicide Solution’. Other Black Sabbath albums include Paranoid (1971), including the hit single of the same name, Master of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1975), Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die (1978). Other solo albums include Diary of a Madman (1981), Speak to the Devil (1982; a live album including some Black Sabbath material), Bark at the Moon (1984), No Rest for the Wicked (1988), No More Tears (1991), Ozzmosis (1995), Down to Earth (2001), and Black Rain (2007). He published a memoir, I Am Ozzy in 2009.
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