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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

"Black Sabbath" is an English Heavy metal band, who were pioneers of Heavy Metal. The band was originally comprised of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Terence "Geezer" Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums).

One of the definitive heavy metal bands, Black Sabbath remains a dominant influence in the genre they helped originate. VH1's ''100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock'' ranked them second, behind Led Zeppelin.


Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 under the name

"Polka Tulk Blues Band" (soon shortened to "Polka Tulk"), and later "Earth", playing blues rock and hard rock.

Black Sabbath had a unique sound that emerged from diverse influences. Iommi was greatly influenced both by Hank Marvin's playing on Cliff Richard and the Shadows' heavy-guitar based recordings and by jazz guitar, particularly that of Django Reinhardt.

status Active
origin Birmingham, England
years active 1969 – present
music genre Heavy metal music
current members Ozzy Osbourne
Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Bill Ward
past members Ronnie James Dio
Vinny Appice
Ian Gillan
Geoff Nicholls
Tony Martin (rock singer)
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source: Wikipedia