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What Classic Song Brings Together Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Lemmy Kilmister?

Zakk Wylde and Steve Vai perform in San Diego during the 2016 Generation Axe Tour.

Zakk Wylde and Steve Vai perform in San Diego during the 2016 Generation Axe Tour. (Image credit: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Back in 1994, Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Vai cowrote a handful of songs. According to some sources, Vai was even slated to perform on Ozzy's next album, the disc that would become 1995's Ozzmosis.

For whatever reason, however, that didn't happen. In fact, only one song from those writing sessions has ever seen the light of day, a five-minute-long ditty called "My Little Man," which wound up on Ozzmosis. And, best of all, it features lyrics by Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

"I wrote a song with [Lemmy] and Ozzy called 'My Little Man' that appears on Ozzy’s Ozzmosis record," Vai said in December 2015, upon hearing the news of Lemmy's death at age 70. "Lemmy wrote the lyrics. If you listen to [them], you can glean an insight into the deep softness that was comfortably resting under the external persona. The song is deeply touching, and when I met his son Paul, I realized how sincere those lyrics are."

When some delusional fans hear Ozzy's version of "My Little Man," they insist that Vai is playing either electric sitar or lead guitar—or both. And that would be true—except for the fact that it isn't. Zakk Wylde, Ozzy's guitarist at the time (and at the time of this writing), is playing both instruments with—it should be mentioned—a great deal of panache and taste.

But wait, there's more! To complete the impressive mishmash of talent, Black Sabbath co-founder Geezer Butler plays bass on the track and Yes/David Bowie legend Rick Wakeman plays keyboards. Ozzmosis is the only Ozzy album to feature Butler, his longtime Sabbath bandmate, on bass. So far, anyway.

Anyway, you can hear "My Little Man," which is officially credited to Osbourne/Kilmister/Vai, below. Enjoy!

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.