The meeting generated plenty of headlines regarding the poor dove. Luckily for Ozzy, at the same time, “Blizzard of Ozz” was shooting up the charts. The multi-platinum album sold like wildfire.
The single “Crazy Train” went off the tracks on FM radio. It became his musical I.D. and was even used in the theme song for “The Osbournes.”
50 Years On, Religious Groups Celebrated the End of Black Sabbath
With songs like the Grammy-winning “God is Dead?,” as well as “Paranoid,” and “Iron Man,” and with lyrics such as, “With God and Satan at my side,” this band made zero friends in the religious community.
In 2017, Seventh Star Church gathered to celebrate the band’s demise at the “Reclaiming the Sabbath” event.
Corporate Types Felt Wary
One time, as Ozzy embarked on his solo gig, he and Sharon planned to walk into a corporate boardroom with two white doves. It was a meeting with top CBS execs in L.A., and it seemed like a clever stunt to assuage his reputation as a bat-killer.
Unfortunately, Ozzy was intoxicated when he went into the meeting. He impulsively grabbed one of the peaceful doves and chomped its head off. It was not a good impression. Security threw them out of the building and the head of legal threatened to “destroy” Ozzy, according to Sharon in “The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne”.
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.