Black Sabbath

Friday, February 13, 1970 – Black Sabbath is released in the U.K.  The band, consisting of Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums) was found in 1969 in Birmingham, England.  Originally named Earth, they learned that there already was another band Earth.  Looking out the window from rehearsal, they saw a line forming to see Boris Karloff’s 1963 film Black Sabbath.   This inspired Osbourne and Butler to write the song Black Sabbath in hopes of creating the musical equivalent to a horror film.  Impressed by their own success, the band changed their name to Black Sabbath.  In November 1969, they rented a recording studio for a day and played their usual live set.  Their dark and morbid sound mixed with references to the occult was something completely new and helped inspire the whole heavy metal scene along with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.  Their sound, along with the macabre artwork on the album jacket created a great deal of publicity as people scrambled to know more about this dark group from the other side.  This comes just 6 years after the young and innocent Beatles first come to America.

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