Black Sabbath ~ Brief Bio
In 1968, 4 guys from England, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward got together to formed a rock band called Black Sabbath. Started initially as a rock band, Black Sabbath later on incorporated occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars into their performances.
Regarded as the pioneers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath proved to be very versatile and persevering. Despite going through many rough patches and countless personnel changes the band remained intact till the present day.
With a career that stretched 4 decades, from the late Sixties, throughout the Seventies, Eighties, Nineties and right up to the present day, the name Black Sabbath continued to remain in the limelight even though the entire line-up of their members have been changed countless times.
They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.