Ozzy Osbourne is easily one of the most iconic figures in rock and roll as well as pop culture. After his stint in the legendary Black Sabbath during the 1970s, Osbourne went on to establish an impressive solo career that set many new standards for the metal genre and made household names for a handful of young guitarists.
Osbourne made his worldwide debut 44 years ago this month, February 1970, when Black Sabbath released its eponymous album. He would perform on seven more Sabbath albums in the 70s before being fired by the band in April 1979 due to internal conflicts and drug issues.
In the 30 year span from 1980 to 2010, Osbourne would release 11 studio albums, the first seven of which would achieve multi-platinum status. All of these studio efforts are ranked on this list with the exception of the 2005 covers album, “Under Cover”, which does not contain original material.
Through the three decades of Ozzy’s solo career, his guitarists; Randy Rhoads, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde and Gus G. have all been hailed as guitar heroes. During the early years, other well-known guitarists performed with or were considered for the gig as Osbourne’s fret wizard, including Bernie Tormé and Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) who performed briefly in the wake of Rhoads untimely passing. One of Rhoads one time students, Joe Holmes (Lizzy Borden, David Lee Roth), filled in for Zakk Wylde on Ozzy live dates between 1995 and 2001. Other names most fans were unaware of included Dave Meniketti of Y&T and George Lynch of Dokken.
With Ozzy’s solo career on hiatus while Black Sabbath is in reunion mode, this seemed the perfect time to take a look back at all 10 of the original studio works by the mumbling monarch of metal. "Sharon!!!!"
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