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Ozzy Osbourne

English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael '"Ozzy"' Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English heavy metal singer.

Ozzy Osbourne
Osbourne in 2010
John Michael Osbourne

(1948-12-03) 3 December 1948 (age 70)
Aston, Birmingham, England, UK
ResidenceBuckinghamshire, England, UK
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • artist
Years active1967–present
Thelma Riley
(m. 1971; div. 1982)

Sharon Arden
(m. 1982)
Children6, including Aimee, Kelly and Jack
Musical career
GenresHeavy metal[1]
InstrumentsVocals, Harmonica

Osbourne was born in Aston, Birmingham, England. He has dyslexia.[2] He was convicted of burglary when he was a teenager,[2] for which he was fined. He was sent to prison for not paying the fine.

Osbourne was the lead singer for Black Sabbath between 1968 and 1978. He joined again in 1997 for occasional tours. He bit the head off of a bat on stage once. Osbourne wrote a song called 'Suicide Solution' that was heavily ridiculed claiming it was about suicide, which coincided with the words shoot shoot whispered in the song. It was really a tribute to his friend Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, who died of alcohol poisoning.

He and his wife Sharon have three children together: Aimee Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne and Jack Osbourne. He also has three children from his first marriage to Thelma Riley:[3] Elliot, Jessica, and Louis.

Osbourne released his first solo album, Blizzard of Ozz in 1980.

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  1. "Black Sabbath". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Beverly Hills' batty Brit
  3. "Ozzy Osbourne and Thelma Riley". Retrieved 11-05-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)