Ozzy Osbourne was born onJohn Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England is the lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. In addition to lead vocals with Black Sabbath, Osbourne also plays the harmonica and synthesizer.
As a solo artist, Osbourne has sold over 27 million albums in the US, and 50 million worldwide. Two of his albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and No More Tears (1991), are certified quadruple-platinum, for sales of over 4 million copies in the US. Osbourne spent most of his early life in Birmingham, England. He was born on December 3, 1948 in abject poverty into a family of six children.
Osbourne reportedly suffered from learning disabilities (believed to be dyslexia), making school life difficult. He sought refuge in music, eventually becoming the singer of a local band, Earth.
Ozzy Osbourne would later discover a band with former class mate Tony Iommi and audition for lead singer. Iommi did not like Ozzy's voice after hearing it in school musicals, and was reluctant to let him join. However, as Ozzy was liked by the other two members, Iommi was finally persuaded to let him join.
During this time psychedelic rock was enormously popular. To distinguish themselves from the norm, Iommi and his partners decided to play a heavy blues inspired style of music laced with gloomy lyrics. One day during rehearsals, the band noticed people queuing up outside a cinema where a horror film was being shown, and bassist Geezer Butler observed how curious it is that people like to be frightened.
The film these fellows were waiting to see was the Mario Bava directed 'Black Sabbath'. After reading an occult book that Osbourne had let Butler borrow, Butler had a dream of a dark figure at the end of his bed. Afterwards, Butler told this story to Osbourne, who wrote the lyrics to "Black Sabbath", their first song, or one of their first songs, in a darker vein. It was the prototype of the songs that became their main style later in their career.
After learning Earth was already in use, the band changed their name to "Black Sabbath" as well.