Ozzy Osbourne

Musician + Songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath, widely considered to be the first heavy metal band.

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1948 Birth Born on December 3, 1948.


1963 14 Years Old He credits the band's 1963 song "She Loves You" for inspiring him to become a musician. … Read More
1967 18 Years Old In late 1967, Geezer Butler formed his first band, Rare Breed, and soon recruited Osbourne to serve as vocalist. … Read More


1971 22 Years Old In 1971, Osbourne met his first wife Thelma (née Riley) at a nightclub in Birmingham called the Rum Runner, where she worked. They were married in 1971 and children Jessica and Louis were soon born. … Read More
1978 29 Years Old In 1978, Osbourne left the band for three months to pursue interest in a solo project he called Blizzard of Ozz, a name which had been suggested by his father. … Read More


1979 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At Iommi's insistence, and with the support of Butler and Ward, Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath on 27 April 1979. … Read More
In 1982 Osbourne appeared as lead vocalist on the Was (Not Was) pop dance track "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)". … Read More
1983 - 1987 3 More Events
1988 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988 Osbourne appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and told the director, Penelope Spheeris, that "sobriety fucking sucks". … Read More


1989 - 1991 2 More Events
1994 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Osbourne was awarded a Grammy Award for the track "I Don't Want to Change the World" from Live & Loud, for Best Metal Performance of 1994. … Read More
1995 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Osbourne's entire CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995.
1997 48 Years Old …  Osbourne reunited with the original members of Sabbath in 1997 and has performed periodically with them ever since. … Read More


2001 - 2002 2 More Events
2003 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003 Osbourne recruited former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted after he left the band in 2001 (and Trujillo replaced him on Metallica's line-up). … Read More
2004 55 Years Old Since the quad accident, apart from some short-term memory problems, he fully recovered and headlined the 2004 Ozzfest, in the reunited Black Sabbath.
2005 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005 Osbourne released a box set called Prince of Darkness. … Read More
2006 57 Years Old In March 2006, he said that he hoped to release a new studio album soon with longtime on-off guitarist, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Tickets for the 2007 tour were offered to fans free of charge, which led to some controversy. … Read More


2009 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Osbourne revealed in July 2009 that he was currently seeking a new guitar player. … Read More
2010 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On 13 April 2010, Osbourne announced the release date for Scream would be 15 June 2010. The release date was later changed to 22 June. A single from the album, "Let Me Hear You Scream", debuted on 14 April 2010 episode of CSI: NY. … Read More
2011 62 Years Old A documentary film about Osbourne's life and career, entitled God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, premiered in April 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released on DVD in November 2011. … Read More
…  He has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, recording the album 13 in 2013. … Read More
2014 65 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards he received the Global Icon Award. … Read More
2016 67 Years Old 1 More Event
He is appearing with son Jack in the 2016 worldwide travelogue docuseries Ozzy & Jack's World Detour. … Read More
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