Four Blokes From Birmingham – Black Sabbath

27 06 2011

Once upon a time in the British town of Birmingham there were 4 blokes. Together they formed a Musical Group and decided to play the Blues. Their names were Geezer Butler (Bass), Bill Ward (Drums), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals).  They called themselves Earth, however they discovered that Blues based music was not working for them. After watching a film starring Boris Karloff they changed their name and their music. They now called themselves Black Sabbath and they became a Heavy Metal Band. Together they were going to Revolutionize Music.

In 1970 they released their First Album. Entitled Black Sabbath it reached 23rd on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for over a year.  Four months later they released their second Album. Originally intending to call it War Pigs, the album name was changed due to the fear of Backlash from Supporters of the Vietnam War. The new name was Paranoid also the name of a song which went to Number 4 in the UK Charts. The Album went to Number 1 in the UK and later was released in the USA.  Since then it has become one of the Greatest and Most Influential Heavy Metal Albums off all time. Following this success the Four Blokes decided to go on an Adventure to the USA and while doing this they also introduced the single Iron Man which has also gone on to be one of the group’s greatest and most loved songs.

Following the success of Paranoid the band went on to make several more albums. Then in 1979 Disaster struck the group. Ozzy Osbourne was fired from the band for Drink and Drug problems. The band then continued to play without Osbourne and replaced him with Ronnie James Dio. From then on the band had many changes in its line-up with only Tony Iommi the only original group member.

In 1997 the Band came back together with all 4 original members for the first time in 18 years. Together again they played live shows around the world until 2006 when they all went off to do other things. Iommi and Butler got back together with Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice and formed a New Band calling it Heaven and Hell. They continued to play together until 2010 when Singer Ronnie James Dio died. Since then there has been no sign of the Four Blokes From Birmingham. However in early 2011 it was announced that Three of the Four Blokes may get back together.

After all these Years Black Sabbath are still seen as one of the Greatest Bands in the History of Music. They have been a major influence on Bands and Fans the world over. Without these Four Blokes from Birmingham the world of music may be very different. Heavy Metal may not have happened. Together they are one of the most important bands in the history of music. Together they are known by one name and that name is Black Sabbath.

“Culturally, Black Sabbath have exerted a huge influence in both television and literature and have in many cases become synonymous with heavy metal. In the film Almost Famous, Lester Bangs gives the protagonist an assignment to cover the band (plot point one) with the immortal line: ‘Give me 500 words on Black Sabbath’. Contemporary music and arts publication Trebuchet Magazine has put this to practice by asking all new writers to write a short piece (500 words) on Black Sabbath as a means of proving their creativity and voice on a well documented subject.” Wikipedia (this is why I have done this post).

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