Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath were a heavy rock and metal band from Birmingham, United Kingdom. The band is widely considered the Godfathers of heavy metal, but with some debate. The lead guitarist, Tony Iommi, is the band’s only continuous member, but the four-piece lineup also famously included Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward and bassist “Geezer” Butler. Ronnie James Dio is also a notable singer recruited by the band after Ozzy was fired in 1979.

Originally named Mythology, Polka Tulk Blues Band, Polka Tulk and Earth, the group eventually settled on a four-piece group and renamed themselves after Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne wrote the song “Black Sabbath”. The song was inspired by the 1963 anthology movie of the same name, directed by Mario Bava and starred Boris Karloff. The song’s title became the group’s name while the popularity of their music’s darker overtones and themes grew.

While Black Sabbath brought heavy metal to the world, other bands like Led Zeppelin are credited with introducing more mainstream hard rock. Always with Tony Iommi, the band has had a number of lineup changes including notable mentions of Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio, and Ian Gillan of Deep Purple.

Studio Albums

  • Black Sabbath (Self-Titled/Released in 1970)
  • Paranoid (Released in 1970)
  • Master of Reality (Released in 1971)
  • Vol. 4 (Released in 1972)
  • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Released in 1973)
  • Sabotage (Released in 1975)
  • Technical Ecstasy (Released in 1976)
  • Never Say Die! (Released in 1978)
  • Heaven and Hell (Released in 1980)
  • Mob Rules (Released in 1981)
  • Born Again (Released in 1983)
  • Seventh Star (Released in 1986)
  • The Eternal Idol (Released in 1987)
  • Headless Cross (Released in 1989)
  • Tyr (Released in 1990)
  • Dehumanizer (Released in 1992)
  • Cross Purposes (Released in 1994)
  • Forbidden (Released in 1995)
  • 13 (Released in 2013)


Band Members (Past & Present)

  • Tony Iommi (Lead Guitar)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (Lead Singer)
  • Ronnie James Dio (Lead Singer)
  • Tony Martin (Lead Singer)
  • Ian Gillan (Singer)
  • Terence “Geezer” Butler (Bass Player)
  • Bill Ward (Drummer)
  • Geoff Nicholls (Guitar & Bassist/Keyboards)
  • Vinny Appice (Drummer)
  • Bev Bevan (Drums)


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