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Black Sabbath

Band
1969 / Present
Great Britain Great Britain

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Band Black Sabbath

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History

Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band that formed in 1968 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, originally comprising Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). In the early 70s, they were the first to pair heavily distorted, sonically dissonant blues rock at slow speeds with lyrics about drugs, mental pain and abominations of war, thus giving birth to generations of metal bands that followed in their wake. Their name itself taken from a notorious horror film, they are often credited with creating the Heavy Metal genre as well as the doom metal subgenre.
Black Sabbath was formed in Aston, a poor district of Birmingham damaged by bombing during World War II, under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to “Polka Tulk”), later Earth. Initially a rockin' blues band, Earth moved in a darker direction when the group, especially bassist Geezer Butler, being fans of the black magic novels of Dennis Wheatley, tried to make music to have the same effect as a horror movie or novel. Ozzy Osbourne wrote the lyrics to the second song they wrote together, “Black Sabbath” (the song name was inspired by a 1963 Mario Bava film), and Tony Iommi wrote a riff based on the tritone, sometimes called “Diabolus en Musica” (“the Devil in Music”).
Later in their careers, Geezer Butler would write most of the lyrics to Black Sabbath songs, taking direct inspiration from Ozzy's instrumental ideas. In their Last Supper concert film, the band stated that the song is based on an experience Geezer had one night when he saw a black object at the end of his bed and noticed the next day that an occult book Ozzy had given him was missing. When the band found themselves being confused with another local band called Earth, which had a far lighter sound, they adopted the song title as their new name.

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Members

Tony Iommi (guitar)
1969 - Present
Geezer Butler (synthesizer, bass guitar)
1969 - 1985, 1990 - 1994, 1997 - Present
Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals)
1969 - 1979, 1997 - Present
Bill Ward (percussion, drums, background vocals)
1969 - 1980, 1982 - 1985, 1997 - 2012
Vinny Appice (drums)
1980 - 1982, 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 1998, 2007 - 2007
Geoff Nicholls (keyboard)
1979 - 2004
Mike Bordin (drums)
1997 - 1997
Tony Martin (lead vocals)
1987 - 1990, 1993 - 1996
Bob Rondinelli (drums)
1993 - 1996
Cozy Powell (drums)
1989 - 1991, 1993 - 1995
Neil Murray (bass guitar)
1989 - 1991, 1994 - 1995
Ronnie James Dio (lead vocals)
1979 May - 1982 October, 1991 - 1992 November
Terry Chimes (drums)
1987 November - 1988 May
Jo Burt (bass guitar)
1987 - 1988
Eric Singer (drums)
1985 - 1987 January
David Spitz (bass guitar)
1985 - 1987
Ray Gillen (lead vocals)
1986 March - 1987
Bev Bevan (percussion, drums)
1983 - 1984, 1987 - 1987
Glenn Hughes (lead vocals)
1985 September - 1986 March
Bob Daisley (bass guitar)
1986 - 1986
David Donato (lead vocals)
1984 - 1985
Ian Gillan (lead vocals)
1982 November - 1984 February
Ron Keel (lead vocals)
1984 March - 1984 April
Dave Walker (lead vocals)
1977 - 1978

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Discography

Studio Album

1970
Album has 33 releases
1970
Album has 35 releases
1971
Album has 32 releases
1972
Album has 23 releases
1973
Album has 24 releases
1975
Album has 22 releases
1976
Album has 15 releases
1978
Album has 19 releases
1980
Album has 18 releases
1981
Album has 13 releases
1983
Album has 14 releases
1987
Album has 14 releases
1989
Album has 9 releases
1990
Album has 7 releases
1992
Album has 11 releases
1994
Album has 4 releases
1995
Album has 7 releases
1996
Album has 1 releases
2013
Album has 19 releases

Single

1970
Album has 3 releases
1981
Album has 1 releases
1989
Album has 1 releases
1989
Album has 2 releases
1990
Album has 1 releases
1992
Album has 6 releases
1998
Album has 3 releases
2013
Album has 1 releases

EP

2016
Album has 1 releases