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Encyclopedia > The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

"The Wizard" is the second track of Black Sabbath's 1970 debut album Black Sabbath. It features Ozzy Osbourne on harmonica as Tony Iommi plays guitar. Ozzy sings in it when he is not playing harmonica. For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Black Sabbath is the self-titled debut album of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath released in the UK on Friday the 13th, February 1970. ... Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne on December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead singer of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, popular solo artist, and reality television star. ... Tony Iommi Frank Anthony Tony Iommi (born February 19, 1948) is a guitarist from Birmingham, England, who is best known as a member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ...


Sources claim it is about the band's drug dealer at the time (and may be partly true), but bassist Geezer Butler claims the character Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings as his inspiration. These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ... Geezer Butler Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Gandalf is a fictional character in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings , where he appears as an archetypal wizard, taking a key role in the latter books War of the Ring. ... The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


"The Wizard" was a favorite of the band, and was later included on compilation albums We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll and Symptom of the Universe. Zakk Wylde, the guitarist for Ozzy's solo band, made a cover of it, and Cypress Hill sampled some harmonica notes in "We Ain't Going Out Like That". Enigma sampled the harmonica notes on track 4, "I Love You ... I'll Kill You". In 1994 it also formed part of the popular album, Nativity in Black, which was a tribute to Black Sabbath. This slightly special version was performed by the Bullring Brummies, which was made up of Geezer Butler & Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Scott Weinrich of The Obsessed. We Sold Our Soul for Rock n Roll was a compilation album by Black Sabbath. ... Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt (Born January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey), better known as Zakk Wylde, is lead guitarist in Black Label Society, a frequent mainstay of the Ozzfest tour. ... Cypress Hill is a Latin-American hip-hop group from South Gate, CA. It was founded in 1988 and has sold up to 17 million records worldwide by 2006. ... Enigma is a musical project started by Michael Cretu, his wife Sandra Cretu, and Frank Peterson in 1990. ... Nativity in Black is the name of a series of Black Sabbath tribute albums that came out in the 1990s and 2000s. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Geezer Butler Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ... Bill Ward Bill Ward (born May 5, 1948, Birmingham, England), is the drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Halford on stage, Birmingham NEC, England, March 19th 2005 Robert John Arthur Rob Halford (born August 25, 1951 in Birmingham, England), is the lead vocalist for the British heavy metal band Judas Priest. ... Judas Priest are a heavy metal band formed in 1968 in the northwest midlands, near Birmingham, England. ... Bands Obsessed - vocals, guitar Place Of Skulls - guitar, vocals Saint Vitus (1986 - 1990) - vocals Spirit Caravan (1996 - 2002) - guitar, vocals The Hidden Hand (2002 - ) - guitar, vocals PROBOT - guitar, vocals ... Obsessed is a 1990s Doom metal band formed originally in the early 1980s, led by Scott Weinrich. ...


 
 

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