OZZY OSBOURNE FACTS:
Genre: Heavy Metal
Hometown: Aston, Birmingham, England
Albums: Blizzard of Ozz (1980); Diary of a Madman (1981); Bark at the Moon (1983); The Ultimate Sin (1986); No Rest for the Wicked (1988); No More Tears (1991); Ozzmosis (1995); Down to Earth (2001); Black Rain (2007); Scream (2010);
Awards: 1 Grammy, inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame with Black Sabbath.
Hits: "Crazy Train," "Road to Nowhere," "Mama, I'm Coming Home," "Gets Me Through," "I Don't Wanna Stop," "Let Me Hear You Scream"
Other: Orginally lead vocalist of Black Sabbath.
While he may now be known for the hit television show that made his wife and children stars, Ozzy Osbourne will long be remembered as one of the pioneers of heavy metal in the 1970s with Black Sabbath. Ever since, The Prince of Darkness, as he is affectionately known, has been one of the most popular solo acts in the world, and has sold more than 32 million albums.
Black Sabbath was one of the most popular bands of the '70s, as their first two albums were immediate successes. Thanks to Osbourne's goosebump-inducing vocals on songs like "Paranoid" and "War Pigs," he band became synonymous with heavy metal. Despite their immense popularity, there was tension among its members and Ozzy left the band in 1979 to embark on a solo career.
Osbournes first foray into a post-Sabbath music career came in the form of his band Blizzard of Ozz, which was formed from members of several different bands including Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads. Osbourne released the band's first self-titled album under his own name, and it became one of the best selling albums of the 1980s. It features the now-famous tunes "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley."
After Rhoads was killed in a plane crash, Osbourne struggled with depression but managed to continue to produce music into the early '80s. He continued to record albums with the band throughout much of the '80s including 1986's The Ultimate Sin and '88's No Rest for the Wicked.
Ozzy continued his success into the next decade with the release of the 1991 album No More Tears. The record became a significant success, and the song "I Don't Want to Change the World" earned Osbourne the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1994.
Encouraged by the considerable success he had enjoyed for decades, Osbourne launched Ozzfest in 1996. The music festival became very popular in the early 2000s and featured acts such as Pantera, Rob Zombie, Incubus and Linkin Park, and continues to be hosted in 2010.
Though he has mellowed considerably since his days of rocking out with Black Sabbath, Osbourne continues to be a musical icon - even at 61. His most recent album, 2010's Scream, enjoyed favorable reviews and proved that Ozzy is still a force to be reckoned with.