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Black Sabbath has gone through a variety of line-up changes.


This line-up originally went by the name Polka Tulk Blues Band and then shortened its name to Polka Tulk.

1968-1977, 1978-1979 Line-Up


This lineup originally went by the name Earth and then changed its name to Black Sabbath.

Due to Osbourne's drinking and drug abuse, he was kicked out by the band in 1979.

Geezer quit soon after, but came back.

  • Ozzy Osbourne - Vocalist, Harmonica for "The Wizard"
  • Tony Iommi - Guitarist, Pianist for "Changes", Back-Up Vocals for "Hard Road", Syntheizers, Flute, Mellotron
  • Geezer Butler - Bassist, Back-Up Vocals for "Hard Road", Syntheizers
  • Bill Ward - Drummer, Vocalist for "It's Alright" and "Swinging The Chain"

1977-1978 Line-Up

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In 1977, Ozzy walked out on the band when he wanted to start a solo career. It was then that the band got Fleetwood Mac lead singer Dave Walker in to record Never Say Die!. They played with Dave Walker on a BBC session a early version of Junior's Eyes. It wasn't until the last minute, in 1978, that Ozzy came back and refused to do most of the tracks that weren't written with him.

Bill Ward had to sing for "Swinging The Chain" because Osbourne refused.

1979-1980 Line-Up

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This is the "Dio Era" line-up with Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward, after Ozzy's firing from the band the same year, Sharon Arden (who would soon be Osbourne's manager and future wife) recommended Ronnie, who was previously in a band with Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore called Rainbow.

1980-1982, 1991-1992, 2006-2010 Line-Up

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After Heaven and Hell was released, Ward was fired similarly to Osbourne for his alcoholism. Ward was soon replaced with Vinny Appice for Mob Rules. After Live Evil was released, Ronnie and Vinny left the band and went on to form the band Dio. Reportedly, Ronnie came back first, and Vinny came back shortly after.

1982-1983 Line-Up

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This is the line-up that played on Born Again.

1983-1984 Line-Up

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This is the line-up that played on the tour for Born Again.

1984-1985 Line-Up


1985-1986 Line-Up

This line-up played on all but one song on Seventh Star.

1986-1986 Line-Up

1986-1987 Line-Up

1987 Line-Up


This line-up played on Headless Cross.


This line-up played on Tyr.

1991 - 1992

After this, Ronnie reportedly wanted Cozy to be replaced by former Dio drummer Simon Wright, but Tony and Geezer got Vinny instead.

November 14 - 15, 1992

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August 26, 2004

2012 - 2017 Line-Up


This is the current line-up of the band since the album 13.


Black Sabbath officially disbanded in 2017 after The End Tour.