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.
Doing Time: Ozzy Went to Jail for Petty Theft
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.
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.
The Bat Incident
At one show in Des Moines, Iowa, a kid threw a dead bat on stage. Ozzy grabbed it, bit into its head, and threw it back into the crowd. It was a repulsive experience.
He later talked about the disgusting taste of goo oozing into his mouth. He also complained about the many rabies shots he had to endure over several days. It wasn’t worth it.
Ozzy’s First Family
Osbourne met his first wife Thelma Riley at a Birmingham nightclub she where she worked during his early years with Black Sabbath. They married and had two kids, Jessica and Louis, and Ozzy adopted Thelma’s son Eliot from her first marriage. According to the “I Am Ozzy” biography, he called it a “terrible mistake.”
In the documentary film, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” he revealed that he couldn’t even recall their births.