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Line Up: Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass) & Bill Ward (Drums)

Style: Heavy Metal

Black Sabbath were an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). 

The single 'Paranoid' was released in September 1970 and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, remaining Black Sabbath's only top ten hit.The album followed in the UK in October 1970, where, pushed by the success of the "Paranoid" single, it made number one in the charts. The U.S. release was held off until January 1971, as the Black Sabbath album was still on the charts at the time of Paranoid's UK release. Black Sabbath did one exclusive performance in Australia for the Myponga Pop Festival. Black Sabbath subsequently toured the United States for the first time and played their first U.S. show at a club called Ungano's at 210 West 70th Street in New York City.

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