He was born in Aston, a suburb of Birmingham in England.
Osbourne was forced out of the group in 1979 by guitarist Tony Iommi at the height of Black Sabbath's popularity. Ozzy was devistated by it all, and during the time became more and more involved into drugs and alcohol as the years with Sabbath continued. He divorced his wife Thelma, and became more manic depressive over the years. Ozzy's saving grace became the woman who would become his wife, Sharon, and a young guitarist named Randy Rhoads. Randy's flashy, classical-inspired lead-guitar work (a huge innovation, at a time when bluesy leads were the norm in rock) was the stuff of legends. Ozzy produced a number of albums with Rhoads, being known for their live shows involving raw meat, dead/fake animals, and much negative press. Ozzy's most famous album to day, Blizzard of Ozz, was Ozzy's penicle with Rhoads.
Ozzy's antics continued to worsen, his alcohol and drug abuse continuing. His most famous stunts were the bitting off the head of a dove during a meeting with his newly signed record. He was also hospitalized for rabies after biting the head off of a stunned bat during a concert. Ozzy's craziest antic was getting arrested after urinating on the Alamo in his wife's dress. Ozzy was kicked out of Texas for the next 20 years. Ozzy underwent a number of treatments for alcoholism and drug abuse.
Ozzy fell into a deep depression when Rhoads was killed in a plane crash in the middle of night when the drunken bus driver/ plane pilot crashed the plane with two other tour-mates.
Ozzy's carrer in the 90s was a two-fold effort, continuing to make music without Rhoads, and getting clean. Rhoads's first replacement was Jake E. Lee who also played for the band Poison. Rhoads's more perminent replacement was a guitarist named Zakk Wylde, plucked for a New Jersy bar.
Ozzy's biggest success of the 90s was his venture named Ozzfest, a venture created by his wife Sharon and managed loosely by his son Jack. Ozzfest was a quick hit with metal fans, allowing groups like Papa Roach, Incubus played during the same summer. Some even had the pleasure to play with a reformed, yet much older Black Sabbath.
Ozzy's first new-material album in 7 years, Down to Earth met mediocre success.
Osbourne returned to celebrity status by the unlikely success of his own bizarre brand of reality television. The Osbournes, a program featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children: Aimee, Jack, and Kelly), has turned into one of MTV's greatest hits.
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