Black Sabbath frontman, Ozzy Osbourne has been the pioneer of Rock for a lot of years now. The Prince of Darkness has changed the world in various ways with his music. And, his inspirations are everything, and says the Beatles were the one. It is the one that will never be replaced.
His love for the Beatles has been immense and we see that every now and then. Back in 2019 while speaking with Blabbermouth he said, “When I heard the Beatles. I knew what I wanted to do,” he added, “My son says to me, Dad, I like the Beatles, but why do you go so crazy? The only way I can describe it, is like this, ‘Imagine you go to bed today and the world is black and white and then you wake up, and everything’s in colour. That’s what it was like!’ That’s the profound effect it had on me.”
Ozzy has been in the music scene since the 1970s. And since then, he has been sharing his inspirations all over. While he did mention other inspirations too, he said that Beatles has a permanent fixture in his list.
Favorite Beatles Songs
She Loves You
Ozzy explained, “This is the one that sucked me in. I was a 14-year-old kid with this blue transistor radio. I heard ‘She Loves You,’ and it floored me. It was as if you knew all the colours in the world. Then someone shows you a brand new colour, and you go, ‘F–king hell, man.”
This is a classic Beatles song and is his favorite. He just had nothing but admiration for the Beatles for creating such masterpieces and said he feels privileged to be in this place where the Beatles were born.
A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life is a total masterpiece. This is the most defining song in the album. It is a tricky song that is almost a mash-up but has a similar familiar sound to other Beatles songs. It was one of the best albums which helps Ozzy to start up a band.
In an interview with Rolling Stone back in 2004, he explained this song saying, “It takes me back to a magical time in my life.”
Something was released back in 1969 and is about a man who is in a relationship. This was a really sentimental song and revolves around the guy’s problem which is to decide whether to let her go or not. According to Ozzy, this song was loved not only by him but by the whole band.
According to him, “Black Sabbath were doing a residency in a bar in Zurich. It was winter and we were driving in the van to get home for Christmas. We were homesick and had no money, one cigarette between the four of us. This song reminds me of that time, because we kept hearing it as we were going over the Alps.”
The Long and Winding Road
Paul McCartney described the song, “I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration.”
The Long and Winding Road was written about the growing tension among The Beatles. Ozzy went on to say, ”
“It reminds me of winter in England. It’s cold, you’ve got fingerless gloves on. And it makes me sad, because it’s the end of the greatest movie I’d ever seen. You hear Paul going, ‘I’m out of steam. I can’t do this anymore.”
Help was one song that made their album spark with brilliance. This song can easily be identified by everyone cause why not?
Black Sabbath frontman went on to say, “When I hear this, I hear Lennon thinking, “You can’t get bigger than big.” But they did. They got beyond massive. And he just goes, “Help!” because they don’t know what they’ve done. They only know how they did it.”
Hey, Jude is undoubtedly the most famous song by The Beatles. Go out on the streets and ask them for any song by the Beatles and this will pop up most of the time. This is the defining piece of music with its very simplistic lyrics.
McCartney in an interview with GQ in 2018 said, ” John and his wife Cynthia had divorced, and I felt a bit sorry for their son, who was now a child of a divorce. I was driving out to see the son and Cynthia one day and I was thinking about the boy whose name was Julian – Julian Lennon, and I started this idea, ‘Hey Jules, don’t make it bad, it’s gonna be OK.’ It was like a reassurance song.”
I Want to Hold Your Hand
The song represents the narrator’s desire to be in a romantic relationship with a woman he’s in love with. He uses alluring words to win over the lady. This song is a peak for the Beatles and it totally captured global attention for the song.
McCartney said, “There was an eroticism behind it all. If I’d heard myself use that word when I was seventeen, there would have been a guffaw. But eroticism was very much a driving force behind everything I did,” in regards to the song.