The rocker fostered an extreme personality with Black Sabbath. In his comeback solo act, “Crazy Train,” the titular song speaks to the negative media the band invited.
He sings, “I know that things are going wrong for me / “You have to listen to my words/ “Maybe it’s not too late / to learn how to love / and forget how to hate.”
“Fame and Fortune:” the First Osbourne Family TV Show
Long before Ozzy invited MTV into his family home, he put his young family on TV in “Fame and Fortune,” a 1997 U.K. documentary.
The Osbournes at the table enjoying family time foreshadows the reality show made five years later. The “Fame and Fortune” documentary also allowed Ozzy to showcase one of his sobriety stints.
Ozzy and Kids Visit “The Joan Rivers Show” on Father’s Day in 1991
Ozzy made a television appearance with the Osbourne children even earlier in his career. Proving he is just a normal guy with kids he loves, he visited The Joan Rivers Show via satellite. The kids were 7, 6, and 5.
Rivers pressed Ozzy about the parental censorship issues surrounding his rock reputation. He expressed frustration that people don’t see he is just an artist and entertainer. He said that at times he feels he's seen as a clown.
“No More Tears” Was Slated to Be the Last Album
In 1991 as Ozzy explained to “The Joan Rivers Show,” he was ready to quit rock and roll to spend more time at home with the kids. He had just finished recording “No More Tears,” a hit that easily made it to the Top 10. He toured in 1992 and touted it as his last. But he was back on the world tour circuit by 1993 with “Live & Loud.”
Almost 10 years later, just as his music career seemed to fade to black again, the hard rock king came out with his 12th album, “Ordinary Man,” in collaboration with Elton John, Post Malone, and Slash from Guns N' Roses.
Enter “The Osbournes”
“The Osbournes” hit the airwaves on March 5, 2002. With its massive ratings, the reality spot was a virtual Ozzmmercial for the rocker’s properties. Right off the bat, “The Osbournes” boosted record sales. Weekly sales of his latest release “Down to Earth” shot up 40 percent, bumping the album back onto the Top 200 chart.
Not only that, but Ozzfest ticket sales went through the roof, yet another way the MTV Midas touch shined up the family brand. With the reality TV venture, the family was able to launch Osbourne Media, the family’s own production company. The show brought Ozzy fame from a younger audience and new fame to his family.