In 1979 Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath and quickly bounced back by forming a band called Blizzard of Ozz with various musicians from other known bands, most notably Randy Rhoads of Quiet Riot. The group recorded an album together that eventually was labelled an Ozzy Osbourne solo record with the name Blizzard of Ozz. There would be a bit of drama years later when Bob Daisley (the bassist for the band) claimed that he and Randy Rhoads did the majority of the songwriting, only for the record to be released in Ozzy’s name.
The cornerstones of the album are two of Ozzy’s trademark songs Mr Crowley and Crazy Train. Blizzard of Ozz is one of the best selling albums with no top 40 single on it. Considering how much airplay Crazy Train gets even now its surprising it wasn’t as massive hit in its day.
Today’s deep cut is Blizzard of Ozz’s opener I Don’t Know. It was never released as a single, but its almost always featured in Ozzy’s setlists.
Blizzard of Ozz went 6x platinum and is one of the most popular heavy metal albums of all time. Unfortunately, Ozzy’s backing band would only last for one more album before Randy Rhoads untimely death in a plane crash in 1982.
In a somewhat related note Ozzy released a new single featuring Elton John this past week called Ordinary Man. I’d assume Slash plays on this song too because that solo sounds just like him. He’s got a new album coming this year. His first in 10 years.
What is your go-to Ozzy song?