Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne who was born in Birmingham, England as John Michael Osbourne is one of the greatest rock musicians ever. He was the front man of Black Sabbath, the first heavy metal band. This earned him the title “Godfather of Heavy Metal.” Ozzy was a mad man in his youth. He was known for his antics like biting the heads off of a bat. He was a heavy abuser if drugs and alcohol that took its toll on his physical and mental status in later years. Ozzy now looks like the grim reaper himself and is hard to understand when he talks. The rock star lifestyle did a number on him.