Retro of the day: Ozzy Osbourne

Blizzard of Ozz is the debut solo album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Osbourne’s first release following his 1979 firing[2] from Black Sabbath.

Blizzard of Ozz is the first of two studio albums Osbourne recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982.[6] The album was a commercial success, being certified 4x Platinum in the U.S., a feat Osbourne would not achieve again until the release of No More Tears in 1991.[7] The album has sold over 6,000,000 copies to date worldwide, making it Osbourne’s best-selling solo album. In the UK, it was the first of four Osbourne albums to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in August 1981. It also ranked 13th on a Guitar World readers poll.[8] Osbourne readily admits that at the time the album was being recorded, he felt he was in direct competition with his former band, Black Sabbath