John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948 in Aston, Birmingham) is an English heavy metal vocalist, songwriter, and television personality.
He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the U.S., although he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011, to record the album 13, which was released in 2013.
Osbourne's longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal". Osbourne's total album sales from his years in Black Sabbath, combined with his solo work, is over 100 million. As a member of Black Sabbath, he was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of the band.
Osbourne has a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars in his hometown as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards he received the Global Icon Award. In the early 2000s, he became a TV star, appearing as himself in the MTV reality program The Osbournes, alongside wife/manager Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack. Osbourne has been married twice and is the father of six children (five biological, and one adopted).
He was first married to Thelma Riley from Hall Green, Birmingham, and adopted her son, Elliot Kingsley (1966); together they had Jessica Starshine Osbourne (22 November 1972) and Louis John Osbourne (1975).
Osbourne married Sharon Arden on 4 July 1982 and had three children with her. Osbourne later said that he deliberately married Arden on Independence Day so that he'd never forget his anniversary. Their children are Aimee (2 September 1983), Kelly (27 October 1984) and Jack (8 November 1985).
They also took in family friend Robert Marcato after his mother died, but never legally adopted him. Osbourne also has six grandchildren, granddaughters Isabelle and Kitty, and grandson Harry from Jessica, granddaughter Mia and grandson Elijah from Louis and granddaughter Pearl from Jack.
He wrote a song for his daughter Aimee, which appeared as a B-side on the album Ozzmosis. He divides his time between the family's Buckinghamshire mansion in the English countryside, and Malibu, California. Osbourne is a famous supporter of Aston Villa. It was reported by The New York Times in 1992 that Osbourne was a member of the Church of England and prayed before each show.
In 2002, Osbourne and wife Sharon were invited to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner by Fox News Channel correspondent Greta Van Susteren for that year's event. President Bush noted Osbourne's presence by joking: "The thing about Ozzy is, he's made a lot of big hit recordings – 'Party with the Animals', 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath', 'Facing Hell', 'Black Skies' and 'Bloodbath in Paradise'. Ozzy, Mom loves your stuff."
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are one of the UK's richest couples, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. They ranked at number 458 in 2005, with an estimated £100 million earned from recording, touring and TV shows. Osbourne 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 by himself as a teenager with a sewing needle and pencil lead. Osbourne suffered minor burns after a small house-fire in January 2013. On his 65th birthday on 3 December 2013, Osbourne asked fans to celebrate his birthday by donating to the Royal Marsden cancer charity in London.
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