Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath has it’s origins in Aston, Birmingham, England. The original members of the band were Terence “Geezer” Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzie Osbourne and Bill Ward. In 1968 the band was going by the name Polka Tulk Blues Company. A short time later they changed their name to Earth.

Did you know that Iommi actually left Earth for a short time to go on tour with Jethro Tull?

In the beginning their music was a combination of jazz, blues and rock. Their main fare were cover tunes of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the like. Ozzie has always said that he was influenced by the Beatles.

The sound and feel of Earth began to change after Geezer Butler started getting interested in occult subjects. In fact, Butler was the one who wrote the song Black Sabbath. According to Butler he wrote the song after he experienced a vision in which there was a black figure in a hood.

In 1969 the group discovered that another local band was using the name Earth. To make …