Ozzy launches his solo career
Once Ozzy had left Black Sabbath, his friend Sharon Arden (later his manager/wife) saw an opportunity and encouraged him to begin his solo career. Ozzy had heard of a young virtuoso guitarist named Randy Rhoads who had been causing quite a commotion on the LA rock scene. Ozzy asked him to an audition for his new band and after five minutes of Randy's playing hired him on the spot. Even though there was considerable doubt about whether Ozzy would be able to make it as a solo artist, the resulting partnership spawned the ground breaking 'Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Oz' and 'Diary of a Madman'. Unfortunately their career together was tragically cut short when Randy was killed in a plane crash witnessed by Ozzy and Sharon.