‘Crazy Train’ co-writer suing Ozzy Osbourne for unpaid royalties

Bob Daisley is taking legal action against Ozzy and Blizzard Music Limited

Ozzy Osbourne is being sued by his former songwriting partner Bob Daisley for unpaid royalties.

Daisley’s dispute lies with the royalties from the song ‘Crazy Train’, which was originally released in 1980 and is credited as an Osbourne song. Daisley has a songwriting credit on the song, however, along with the late guitarist Randy Rhoads.

The Australian songwriter has now filed a suit against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited, seeking $2 million in unpaid royalties, according to documents released after the filing at a court in Nevada yesterday (August 8).

Daisley’s complaint alleges that “although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley’s rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs.

“While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley,” said Daisley’s lawyer Alan Howard. “Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated.”

Daisley co-authored a number of songs on ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (which ‘Crazy Train’ featured on), as well as Osbourne’s ‘Diary of a Madman’, ‘Bark at the Moon’, ‘The Ultimate Sin’, and ‘No Rest for the Wicked’. He also served as a bass player on ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’, before he was fired from Osbourne’s band after the recording of the latter.