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Ozzy Osbourne

Osbourne was born in Aston, Birmingham. His father, John Thomas "Jack" Osbourne, worked nightshifts as a toolmaker at GEC. His mother, Lillian, who was a Catholic but non-practising, worked days at a factory, according to Osbourne's autobiography, I Am Ozzy (page 6): "She was a Catholic, my mum, but she wasn't religious." Osbourne was the fourth of six children; he has three older sisters and two younger brothers: Jean, Iris, Gillian, Paul and Tony. The family lived in a small two-bedroom home at 14 Lodge Road in Aston. Osbourne has had the nickname "Ozzy" since primary school.

Osbourne grew up dealing with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and other learning disabilities. Drawn to the stage, Osbourne took part in school plays such as The Mikado and HMS Pinafore. Upon hearing their first hit single at age 14, he became a great fan of The Beatles. He credits the band's 1963 song "She Loves You" for inspiring him to become a musician. He said in the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne that "as soon as I heard 'She Loves You' on the radio, I knew I wanted to be a rock star for the rest of my life".

Osbourne left school at 15 and was employed as a construction site labourer, trainee plumber, apprentice toolmaker, car factory horn-tuner, and slaughterhouse worker. He attempted to commit burglary, stealing a television (which fell on him during his getaway and had to be abandoned), a handful of baby clothes and bibs (originally thought to be adult clothes as it was too dark to see when he committed the burglary and which were stolen to sell to people at a pub), and some T-shirts. He spent six weeks in Winson Green Prison when he was unable to pay a fine after being found guilty of robbing a clothes shop and his father refused to pay the fine, to teach his son a lesson.


John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is a Grammy Award winning English singer-songwriter, whose career has now spanned four decades.
Osbourne rose to prominence as lead vocalist of pioneering English heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
In the early 2000s, his career as a celebrity hit a new zenith when he became a star in his own reality show, The Osbournes alongside wife/manager Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack.
In August 2008, Osbourne stated in USA Today that he intends to retire from his music career after two more albums.

 

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