Black Sabbath Biography

Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1969, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a blues rock band named Earth, the band soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne's regular abuse of drugs and alcohol led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured countless personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album, 13, which features all of the original members but Ward, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.

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Black Sabbath, The Streets and ELO feature on album created by Birmingham tourist board

'B-side' celebrates the West Midlands' musical output

  • Jul 17, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne on his and wife's 'suicide pact': 'I've said to Sharon 'Just turn the machine off''

'If I had a stroke and was paralysed I don't want to be here,' said the Black Sabbath frontman

  • Jul 5, 2014

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne pays tribute to wife Sharon at Hyde Park gig

The frontman revealed that July 4 was his wedding anniversary

  • Jul 5, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne: 'I'm up for another Black Sabbath album and tour' – watch

The singer says a new album from the band 'is possible'

  • Jun 7, 2014

Tony Iommi claims Hyde Park gig could be Black Sabbath's last ever

Band will headline the British Summer Time Festival on July 4

  • May 15, 2014

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Crazy Train

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Suicide Solution

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Loner

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God Is Dead?

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Black Sabbath - '13'

Black Sabbath - '13'

Sabbath’s return is hardly subtle – but the Brummie heavy metal pioneers remain diabolical in all the right ways

  • Jun 7, 2013

London WC2 Astoria

This special 'intimate' (ie, with a roof) gig is the smallest [B]Sabbath[/B] have played since 1971, and for a while [B]Ozzy[/B] looks not so much a fish out of water as a rocker out of stadium as he

  • Dec 23, 1999

Reunion Live

...Take Black Sabbath, a group who always realised that subtlety, aesthetics and taste were virtues that would land them in the poor house....

  • Sep 20, 1998

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