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John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer-songwriter whose career has spanned five decades. Ozzy initially rose to prominence as lead vocalist of the pioneering English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a band whose radically different, intentionally dark, doom sound spearheaded the heavy metal genre. In his subsequent solo career Ozzy achieved a multi-platinum status in addition to the one he had earned with Black Sabbath. These things are what led Ozzy to become known as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal". Osbourne is ranked 8th on Hit Parader's list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of all time. It was during his Sabbath days (because of their dark style of music, not because he was a satanist) that Ozzy became known as the "Prince of Darkness." Ozzy has over 15 tattoos, the most famous of which are the letters O-Z-Z-Y across the knuckles of his left hand. This was his first tattoo, created himself with a sewing needle and pencil lead.
April 26, 2011
Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack is set to make a horror film named after his father's band, Black Sabbath. The reality TV star will reportedly work on the project with co-producer Marc Weingarten. Read more
April 18, 2011
Ozzy Osbourne is set to be unveiled as the replacement judge for Cheryl Cole on The X Factor, according to reports. Talks are ongoing to secure the 62-year-old's participation as Cole prepares to move to the US edition. Read more
September 21, 2010
Sir Paul McCartney is set to appear in a new documentary about Ozzy Osbourne, which has been produced by his son Jack. The former Beatle interviewed the ex-Black Sabbath star for the film, titled John - Osbourne's real name. Read more
July 21, 2010
Former Black Sabbath stars Ozzy Osbourne And Tony Iommi have “amicably resolved” a legal battle over the band's name. In May 2009, Osbourne sued the band's guitarist, claiming he had illegally assumed ownership of the group's name. Read more
June 16, 2010
Scientists are to carry out tests on Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code to see how he is still alive after years of drink and drug abuse. US company Knome will map the former Black Sabbath star's genome in a bid to uncover how drugs are absorbed in the body. Read more
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