Black Sabbath were an English hard-rock/metal band, originally from Birmingham, that released 19 studio albums between 1970 and 2013. , the band released 19 albums over the course of their career. The band’s “classic” lineup — comprised of Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward — was active from 1969 to 1978 and released eight studio albums. Ex-Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio led the band’s second coming during the early 1980s.
Members: Tony Iommi (guitar, flute), Ozzy Osbourne (vocals, 1969-77, 1978-79, 1997-2017), Geezer Butler (bass, 1969-84, 1987, 1990-94, 1997-2017), Bill Ward (drums, vocals, 1969-80, 1983-84, 1994, 1997-2012), Dave Walker (vocals, 1977-78), Craig Gruber (bass, 1979), Geoff Nicholls (keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals, 1979-2004), Ronnie James Dio (vocals, 1979-82, 1991-92), Vinny Appice (drums, 1980-82, 1991-92, 1998-99), Ian Gillan (vocals, 1983-84), Bev Bevan (drums, 1983-84, 1987)
Black Sabbath formed from the ashes of two Brummie acts: Mythology and Rare Breed. Guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward (both earlier in beatsters The Rest) had just bailed on blues-rocker Mythology after a group-arrest for cannabis possession in May 1968. They teamed with singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler, both formerly of Rare Breed, after spotting Osbourne’s bulletin that read “OZZY ZIG Needs Gig – has own PA.”
The new band initially gigged as The Polka Tulk Blues Band with two additional members. After a brief run as Earth, Iommi left to join Jethro Tull for their appearance in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. He rejoined Earth and they changed names again, this time to Black Sabbath, taken from a 1963 Boris Karloff film then screening in Birmingham.
- Black Sabbath (1970)
- Paranoid (1970)
- Master of Reality (1971)
- Vol. 4 (1972)
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
- Sabotage (1975)
- Technical Ecstasy (1976)
- Never Say Die! (1978)
- Heaven and Hell (1980)
- Mob Rules (1981)
- Born Again (1983)
- Seventh Star (1986)
- The Eternal Idol (1987)
- Headless Cross (1989)
- Tyr (1990)
- Dehumanizer (1992)
- Cross Purposes (1994)
- Forbidden (1995)
- 13 (2013)
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