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Find out the origin of Black Sabbath’s name

Black Sabbath name origin


Find out the origin of Black Sabbath’s name

Black Sabbath’s embryo came in 1966, when musicians Ozzy Osbourne (former Rare Breed), Bill Ward (former Mithology), Geezer Butler (former Rare Breed), Tony Iommi (former Mithology) and Jimmy Phillips Polka Tulk Blues Band project, which soon featured the saxophonist Alan “Aker” Clarke, and abbreviated the name to “Polka Tulk”.


With the departure of Clarke and Phillips, the remaining members decided to change the band’s name to Earth, and included in the repertoire covers of Jimi Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Cream and The Beatles.

After a short period, another exchange was needed, this time, because there were already another band using the same name. Butler was responsible for the new idea, inspired by the film “I Tre Volti Della Paura” 1963 (Something like: The Three Masks of Terror), by director Mario Brava, which was shown in the US and England as Black Sabbath, and featured a trilogy of independent tales of terror, based on writers Aleksei Tolstoy, Ivan Chekhov and FG Snyder.

Black Sabbath movie poster

In the first story, “The Telephone,” a prostitute receives a series of mysterious phone calls from a former client dead. In the second, “The Wurdalak”, a family from the Russian country tries to fight against a bloodline of vampires when it receives the visit of a Russian count of century XIX. Finally, “The Drop of Water”, in which a nurse steals the ring of the corpse of a medium, while preparing it, arousing the fury of the deceased.

If you were interested in the movie that gave birth to the name of the band, check out a small trailer below.

The band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath 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 band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance, and in 2019 the band were presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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