Despite his title as rock's 'Prince of Darkness,' Ozzy Osbourne has proven that he's just your average, ordinary dad. John Michael Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948 in Aston, West Midlands, England. Not an exceptional student during his school years, Ozzy had aspirations of musical stardom and formed a band with a former classmate and guitarist named Tony Iommi as well as drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler. The band, initially called Earth, played heavy, blues-inspired songs, but the band took an interest in the occult and changed their name to Black Sabbath. The band, responsible for the rock classics 'Paranoid' and 'Iron Man' is regarded as one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Ozzy remained with Black Sabbath until 1979, when he was fired because of drug and alcohol problems. That year, Sharon Arden, the daughter of Black Sabbath's manager Don Arden took over Ozzy's career. The two began dating and the pair eventually married on July 4, 1982 in Maui, Hawaii. Shortly after Ozzy signed his solo deal with Epic Records, he was involved in the notorious incident where he bit the head off of a dove in the middle of a meeting with label executives. In 1981, Ozzy released his first solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, which featured 'I Don't Know' and one of Ozzy's signature songs 'Crazy Train.' The album met with good reviews and hit number 21 on the Billboard album chart. A second album, Diary of a Madman also met with critical acclaim and big sales. Sadly, while on the tour to promote the album in Florida, Ozzy's guitar player and close friend Randy Rhoads was killed in an airplane crash. The 1980s brought more success for Ozzy with the release of the albums Bark at the Moon in 1983, The Ultimate Sin in 1986 and No Rest for the Wicked in 1988. The 80s also brought controversy for the musician. At a 1982 concert in Des Moines, Iowa, he bit the head off what he thought was a rubber bat - but in his defense, the fan who brought the critter to the show said it was dead already when it was thrown on the stage. That same year he was arrested for urinating on the Alamo during a photo shoot and banned from appearing in San Antonio, Texas for ten years. He has also been sued twice because his song 'Suicide Solution' was blamed for the suicides of two teenagers. Both cases were eventually overturned. Ozzy reunited with his Black Sabbath band mates during his 1997 Ozzfest tour and still occasionally takes the stage with them to this day. Ozzy was introduced to a new audience in 2002, when his MTV reality show The Osbournes debuted. The show, which focused on Ozzy, Sharon and two of their kids, Jack and Kelly, was a runaway hit and ran on the network for three seasons. He may be slowing down a bit, after five decades of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, but Ozzy will continue to rock our world.
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