Randy Rhoads could not have come at a better time for Ozzy Osbourne as he was trying to get his solo career off the ground. And his death could not have come at a worse time.
Randy was killed 35 years ago this month in a freak plane crash. But not before helping to jump-start Ozzy’s solo career with two platinum albums (“Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman”) after the Prince of Darkness was jettisoned from Black Sabbath.
The body language Ozzy displays in this Letterman interview a week after his death is pretty tell-tale as to how much it rocked his world.
As for my favorite Ozzy tune with Randy, it’s difficult to come up with a tune that better epitomized his influence then “Crazy Train”, as Ozzy’s profound reaction will attest.
Here’s the great Randy doing his thing.
“Over the Mountain” is a close second for me.
How about you? What’s your favorite Ozzy/ Randy tune?
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