Black SabbathFormed 1969. Disbanded 4 February 2017
Black Sabbath Biography (Wikipedia)
Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.
Formed in 1968 as the Polka Tulk Blues Band, a blues rock band, the group went through line up changes, renamed themselves as Earth, broke up and reformed. By 1969, they had named themselves Black Sabbath after the film Black Sabbath starring Boris Karloff, and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. The band's first show as Black Sabbath took place on 30 August 1969, in Workington. Signing to Philips Records in November 1969, they released their first single, "Evil Woman" on Philips' sublabel Fontana Records in January 1970. Their debut album, Black Sabbath, was released on Friday the 13th, February 1970, on Philips' newly formed progressive rock label, Vertigo Records in England, while Warner Bros. Records signed the band for the US market. Though receiving a negative critical response, the album was a commercial success and reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart, so the band returned to the studios to quickly record the follow up, Paranoid, which was also released in 1970. The band's popularity grew, and by 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, critics were starting to respond favourably.
- How school orchestras and Black Sabbath inspired Boy Azoogahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05vj98h.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05vj98h.jpg2018-01-20T09:11:00.000ZDavey Newington of Boy Azooga on his musical influences, Black Sabbath to RUN DMC.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05vj8gm
How school orchestras and Black Sabbath inspired Boy Azooga
- Black Sabbath: Paranoidhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025g0fy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025g0fy.jpg2014-08-25T12:45:00.000ZSian Llewellyn from Classic Rock magazine remembers the first time she heard Paranoidhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p025g0g0
Black Sabbath: Paranoid
- Tony Iommi chats to Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cljgp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cljgp.jpg2013-07-11T11:39:00.000ZTony Iommi joins Mark and Stuart to talk about Black Sabbath's new album, 13.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01cljhj
Tony Iommi chats to Radcliffe and Maconie
- Black Sabbath in conversation with Daniel P Carterhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019yxh9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019yxh9.jpg2013-06-04T14:44:00.000ZOzzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler chat to Dan about making the new Black Sabbath album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019yxj6
Black Sabbath in conversation with Daniel P Carter
Black Sabbath Tracks