PUBLISHED: 15:20, Tue, Oct 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:25, Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Just as The Beatles grew up in Liverpool, so did Black Sabbath in Birmingham. Tony Iommi and Bill Ward joined forces with Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne to form The Polka Tulk Blues Band. Later called Earth, the band eventually settled on Black Sabbath after the 1963 Boris Karloff horror of the same name.
Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has shared his first impressions of Ozzy Osbourne.
The 71-year-old said: “He was very eccentric, very silly.
“He lived three or four streets away from me, so we had lots in common.
“We knew a lot of the same people, went to the same shops and neither of us had any money.”
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Ozzy Osbourne ‘was very eccentric and silly’ – Black Sabbath bassist on first meeting star (Image: GETTY)
Early Black Sabbath performing (Image: GETTY)
While back in 2017, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told us his first impressions of Ozzy and the rest of the band.
The 72-year-old said: “At school Ozzy and I didn’t really associate because he was a year younger than me. He was a pain to be honest and I probably was too. I liked Bill, who I was in a band with before Sabbath – I really got on well with him.
“I thought Geezer was a nutter to be honest because he played in this all-nighter club in Birmingham. He used to climb up the walls and we thought, ‘Blimey, he’s a weird bloke.’
“Little did we know we were going to end up in a band together. Weird combination, but it worked. It didn’t at first for the first few shows though. Bill and myself used