“The Godfather of Heavy Metal,” Ozzy Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham in England. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath, but later achieved success with his solo career. At an early age, he took an interest in music despite suffering from learning difficulties. He took part in school plays, attending Prince Albert Road Junior School and Birchfield Road Secondary Modern School in Perry Barr. He left when he was 15, taking on a number of odd jobs like construction site labourer, trainee plumber, apprentice toolmaker, car factory worker and slaughterhouse worker.
Ozzy Osbourne later gained much acclaim for his involvement with Black Sabbath. However, he was fired in 1979 due to substance abuse, and was replaced. This led him to embark on the solo project The Blizzard of Ozz, formed by his manager and wife, Sharon. His career spans four decades, filled with numerous solo projects. One of his most successful ventures was Ozzfest, which eventually became a precursor to a Black Sabbath reunion in 1997.
In 2002, Ozzy gained even further popularity when he starred on the MTV reality series The Osbournes. It focused on the lives of the family – Ozzy, his wife Sharon, and children Jack and Kelly. Eldest daughter Aimee refused to take part in the program. The family signed on for another run of the series, titled Osbournes: Reloaded, in 2009.
After seven years, Osbourne released an album of new studio material in 2001, titled Down to Earth. It achieved moderate success, much like the subsequent Live at Budokan. In 2003, the musician suffered from an accident involving his all-terrain vehicle on his estate. He was rushed to surgery, breaking his collar bone, eight ribs, and a neck vertebra. He recovered the next year, reuniting with Black Sabbath once again for Ozzfest. With continued success e continued his career, working on another album, Black Rain, in 2007. He has been inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the prestigious 'Living Legend' award in the Classic Rock Roll of Honour in 2008.