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Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band that formed in 1968 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, originally comprising Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). In the early 70s, they were the first to pair heavily distorted, sonically dissonant blues rock at slow speeds with lyrics about drugs, mental pain and abominations of war, thus giving birth to generations of metal bands that followed in their wake. Their name itself taken from a notorious horror film, they are often credited with creating the Heavy Metal genre as well as the doom metal subgenre.

Black Sabbath was formed in Aston, a poor district of Birmingham damaged by bombing during World War II, under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to “Polka Tulk”), later Earth. Initially a rockin' blues band, Earth moved in a darker direction when the group, especially bassist Geezer Butler, being fans of the black magic novels of Dennis Wheatley, tried to make music to have the same effect as a horror movie or novel. Ozzy Osbourne wrote the lyrics to the second song they wrote together, “Black Sabbath” (the song name was inspired by a 1963 Mario Bava film), and Tony Iommi wrote a riff based on the tritone, sometimes called “Diabolus en Musica” (“the Devil in Music”).

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Tony Iommi
since 1968 till 2006 Guitar
since 2011 till 2017 Guitar
Geezer Butler
since 1969 till 1985 Bass, Synthesizer
since 1990 till 1994 Bass, Synthesizer
since 1997 Bass, Synthesizer
Bill Ward
since 1969 till 1980 Background vocals, Percussion, Drum set
since 1982 till 1985 Background vocals, Percussion, Drum set
since 1997 till 2012 Background vocals, Percussion, Drum set
Ozzy Osbourne
since 1969 till 1979 Lead vocal
since 1997 Lead vocal
Geoff Nicholls
since 1979 till 2004 Keyboard
Adam Wakeman
since 2004 Keyboard
Tommy Clufetos
since 2012 Drum set
Tony Martin
since 1987 till 1990 Lead vocal
since 1993 till 1996 Lead vocal
Ronnie James Dio
since 1979 till 1982 Lead vocal
since 1991 till 1992 Lead vocal
Cozy Powell
since 1989 till 1991 Drum set
since 1993 till 1995 Drum set
Vinny Appice
since 1980 till 1982 Drum set
since 1991 till 1993 Drum set
since 1998 till 1998 Drum set
since 2007 till 2007 Drum set
Eric Singer
since 1985 till 1987 Drum set
since 1985 till 1987 Unknown
Neil Murray
since 1989 till 1991 Bass
since 1994 till 1995 Bass
Gerald Woodruffe
since 1975 till 1978 Keyboard
Bob Rondinelli
since 1993 till 1996 Drum set
Ian Gillan
since 1982 till 1984 Lead vocal
David Spitz
since 1985 till 1987 Bass
Bev Bevan
since 1983 till 1984 Drum set, Percussion
since 1987 till 1987 Percussion, Drum set
Glenn Hughes
since 1985 till 1986 Lead vocal
Laurence Cottle
since 1988 till 1989 Bass
Ray Gillen
since 1986 till 1987 Lead vocal
Dave Walker
since 1977 till 1978 Lead vocal
Terry Chimes
since 1987 till 1988 Drum set
Jo Burt
since 1987 till 1988 Bass
David Donato
since 1984 till 1985 Lead vocal
Don Airey
since 1978 till 1979 Keyboard
Bob Daisley
since 1986 till 1986 Bass
Gordon Copley
since 1985 till 1985 Bass
Ron Keel
since 1984 till 1984 Lead vocal
Mike Bordin
since 1997 till 1997 Drum set

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