Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ at 40


In a rut, Osbourne was signed to Jet Records by manager Don Arden, hoping for some new material. Wasting little time in putting a band together, he hired Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads(who later died in a tragic airplane crash at age 25) and Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley in November 1979. Uriah Heep drummerLee Kerslakejoined the lineup in March 1980, completing the core group. Osbourne and the band spent the first half of 1980 writing, recording and putting the final touches on his Blizzard of Ozz LP.

Thus, Osbourne's solo career had begun.