Today is Ozzy Osbourne’s 69th birthday. Love him or hate him all you want to, without this man then there would have been no Black Sabbath. There would have been no genre called “metal” if it wasn’t for him ’cause it was him that started it all. Admit it, right?
Ozzy was inspired to sing after hearing the Beatles when he was a young teenager. After listening to the Beatles, that’s what he decided he wanted to do for the rest of his life was to become a singer. It was him and Geezer Butler who actually formed Black Sabbath together… Bill Ward and Tony Iommi came later. Initially, Sabbath started off as a blues band under a different name. When Black Sabbath were first starting out, they had a tough time trying to get people to take them seriously until now. Them getting people to love them didn’t happen overnight that’s for sure. It took them a long time for Sabbath to be accepted by fans.
After Black Sabbath happened, that’s when the genre we all know as “heavy metal” first came about. Of course, we don’t call it “heavy metal” anymore. Nowadays, we just call it “metal”. The genre of “metal” happened ’cause of Sabbath; they invented it. If you’re a metal fan like myself then Black Sabbath got you into it. All those metal bands that you liked over the years: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Twisted Sister, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Slipknot, etc. That also includes all the black and death metal bands like Death, Mayhem, Carcass, Venom, Morbid Angel, Deicide, At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, etc. They all happened ’cause of Sabbath.
Back to Ozzy, I’m a huge fan of Sabbath and his solo career. Ozzy is also a huge inspiration in my own singing too.
Happy birthday, Ozzy and thanks for all the killer music over the years!