The Mikado! Raspberry jam! Celebrity hairdressers! And seven other things you didn't know about Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince Of Darkness...
While at school, Ozzy appeared in productions of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas HMS Pinafore and The Mikado.
The initials in the Ozzy song S.A.T.O. stand for Sharon Arden (then his manager, and future wife) and Thelma Osbourne (his first wife).
There’s supposedly a backwards message on the song Bloodbath In Paradise. It has Ozzy saying, ‘Your mother sells whelks in Hell’. This was a send-up of the famed line from The Exorcist (you know the one, about sucking cocks in Hell).
Ozzy was a plumber’s apprentice when he was 15 years old. He also worked as a car horn tuner.
Nathaniel Pearson, a geneticist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, discovered in 2010 that Ozzy really does have a gene that allows him to metabolise substances other people would find difficult to deal with. That’s why he’s still alive, despite the booze and drugs shenanigans.
Ozzy has three children with Sharon and two with first wife Thelma. But he also has an adopted one, Elliot Kingsley, Thelma’s son from a previous marriage.
When Ozzy left Black Sabbath the first time he played live was under the band name of Law. They played two ‘secret’ gigs, in Blackpool and Cromer, before revealing themselves as Blizzard Of Ozz.
On the cover of 1982’s Speak Of The Devil, Ozzy is seen with what seems to be blood around his mouth. It was, in fact, raspberry jam.
Ozzy got the title of his album Diary Of A Madman form the 1963 horror movie of the same name, starring Vincent Price. This movie opened the same year as the Boris Karloff classic from which Black Sabbath took their name.
Ozzy’s nephew is celebrity hairdresser Terry Longden, who starred in the reality TV show The Salon. His mother, Gillian, is Ozzy’s sister.