Bark at the Moon, it was an okay album for Ozzy, but more importantly, it was the only album where the songwriting was credited exclusively to him. Now, however, it’s coming to light that it wasn’t just him at all. Earlier this week (December 8th 2014), Bob Daisley, the bassist on Ozzy’s first two solo albums, has come forward to talk about the disrespect that he and the other members of the project endured. More specifically, he spoke about the Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards, where Blizzard of Ozz was mentioned. Daisley wrote on Facebook:
"In this year's recent Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards, Ozzy Osbourne was presented with the 'Classic Album' award for our 'Blizzard Of Ozz' album. After the ceremony, Randy Rhoads' brother and sister, Kelle and Kathy, were taken aside and secretly handed a paper bag containing an award for Randy, for his contribution to the album. I find this insulting and disrespectful to the Rhoads family and, in particular, to Randy.
"I'd like to know why Randy's award wasn't presented 'publicly' to the Rhoads family members, and why drummer Lee Kerslake and I weren't even mentioned.
"That album was not a 'solo' Ozzy Osbourne record, as many have been wrongly led to believe, it was a work of art made by four people, the band called The Blizzard of Ozz. I co-wrote the music with Randy, I wrote more than 90% of the lyrics, and the four band members played on and co-produced the album together, so why did Classic Rock choose to acknowledge only one member of the band?
"I do not begrudge Ozzy receiving his award, but I'd like to know why Randy wasn't acknowledged ceremoniously and why Lee and I weren't even mentioned, let alone given an award for our significant contributions to that album. Classic Rock should know better, and they should be ashamed!"
Not did Daisley step forward to denounce the Prince of Darkness, but Jake E. Lee, the guitarist for the albums, stepped forward to talk about his inclusion in the songwriting process for the albums as well. He talked to Eddie Trunk’s show on Sirius XM, Hair Nation, saying:
"Here's the truth. This is really gonna get me in more hot water, but whatever, I'm in hot water and I don't see a way out…"
"I was told from the get-go, '[If] you write part of the songs, you'll get writing credit, you'll get publishing. That's part of your deal.' So we recorded the album. I'm recording the album at Ridge Farm in Scotland, and this in the middle of Scotland, in the middle of farmland. It is actually a farm — Ridge Farm is actually a farm; the recording studio is in the barn. So I'm by myself. I don't have management, I don't have a lawyer, I don't have anything. Anyway… But they promise me, 'You'll get what's coming.' And I keep asking because I'm getting really close to finishing all my stuff on the record, and finally, once I lay down the final track of my guitar playing, they said, 'Ah! We have the contract for you.' And in it, it says, specifically, 'Ozzy Osbourne wrote all the songs. You had nothing to do with any of the writing, you have no claim to publishing, and you cannot say so publicly.' And I looked at it. I'm looking at Sharon [Ozzy's wife/manager], and I said, 'This is not what you told me before.' And she says, 'No, it isn't.' [And I said], 'Why do you think I'm gonna sign it?' And she says, 'Because if you don't, we'll give you a plane ticket, you go back home and you stand in line and you sue us. In the meantime, we have all your tracks, we'll get another guitar player, he'll redo your tracks, and you'll have nothing.'"
"The only reason I'm saying it now is because that was just mean. That was mean. What am I gonna do? Really? Am I gonna say, 'Fine. I'm going home. Take my tracks off. Some other guy will get all the credit for playing guitar, and I still have to try to sue you for the rights?' It would have been just… not a good decision."
Ouch. We’ve all heard the stories about people working with Ozzy and not getting credit in the past; Lee Kerslake, and Phil Soussan to name a few. Honestly, as iconic as Ozzy has become as just a figure, it seems that’s all he’ll be now. He’s an icon, which has a lot of merit in it’s own right, but he seems to be representing a lot of piggybacking off of other peoples songwriting nowadays.