10 Things You Didn't Know About Black Sabbath
It’s been nearly 46 years since Black Sabbath emerged out of Birmingham, England, and defined the genre of heavy metal with detuned guitar riffs, occult themes and monolithic heaviness.
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Tony Iommi switched to a Gibson SG after his Strat broke down following the 1969 recording of “Wicked World.”
The coughing that plays at the beginning of “Sweet Leaf” is guitarist Tony Iommi, hacking in the studio on a joint given to him by Ozzy Osbourne.
The Paranoid album was originally titled War Pigs, hence the album cover art featuring a helmeted, sword-wielding madman. The band’s record label, Vertigo, made the decision to change the title.
In a moment of hijinks-gone-wrong, Tony Iommi accidentally set Bill Ward on fire during the recording of Heaven and Hell, sending him to the hospital with third-degree burns on his arms and legs. “The next day his mother phoned me up,” says Iommi, and said, ‘You barmy bastard. It’s about time you grew up.’ ”
Two Black Sabbath songs were sung by drummer Bill Ward: “It’s Alright” and “Swinging the Chain.”
“The Writ” was written about Black Sabbath’s former manager, Patrick Meehan, who served them one while the group was recording 1975’s Sabotage.
Guitarist Tony Iommi briefly left Black Sabbath, which was then known as Earth, in 1968 to join Jethro Tull. After a week of early morning rehearsals, Iommi returned to Sabbath.
“Children of the Sea” was the first song Black Sabbath wrote with Ronnie James Dio.
Bassist Geezer Butler hasn’t eaten meat since he was eight years old. He now follows a healthy vegan diet.
Black Sabbath was nominated eight times before being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.