Ozzy experimented in crime as a teen but failed as a crook. The aspiring musician liked to lift Beatles albums and was easily nabbed for stealing £25 worth of clothing from a shop.
This is where he famously tattooed O-Z-Z-Y across his knuckles using a sewing needle and graphite. His father refused to pay the £40 fine, so he was sent to Birmingham’s Winson Green Prison and served a few months.
The Manager Demanded Another Album
With “Crazy Train” ripping up the tracks, Sharon, the savvy manager that she was, demanded more material. She asked the band if they could crank out another album before the launch of the Crazy Train world tour.
In one month, Ozzy and his band delivered “Diary of a Madman” and it soared up the charts just as relentlessly. The albums came out in 1980 and 1981, respectively, and, in a rare occurrence for an artist, two studio albums shared top spots on the charts.
Ozzy Came From Birmingham
Growing up on the Aston side of Birmingham, England, John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne was very poor. His mum worked in a factory and his father worked night shifts, but it was never enough to provide for the six Osbourne children.
Ozzy had two younger brothers and three older sisters. They were all raised in a modest two-bedroom home. Ozzy gained his nickname in grade school where he was terrorized by school bullies.
In 2002, Sue Crawford published a biography about Ozzy that revealed new details from the rocker’s rough beginnings in Birmingham. In “Ozzy Unauthorized,” she detailed his home life as a child growing up in a family of eight squeezed into a 2-bedroom home.
When he was 14, the young Ozzy faced such utter despair that he was on the verge of self-harm. Luckily, his dad walked in at that very moment.
A Working Bloke
Ozzy credits the Beatles song “She Loves You” for inspiring his dream to be a musician. But at 15, he went to work doing trades such as plumbing, construction, and working in a slaughterhouse.
This inspired him to catapult chunks of meat into the audience at one of his concerts during the Diary of a Madman tour.