Original Ozzy Osbourne bass guitarist Bob Daisley remembered the time Ozzy fired him during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
In the conversation, Bob mentioned that Ozzy and his wife Sharon wanted to get rid of the original drummer, Lee Kerslake, following the promotion tour for their debut studio album, ‘Blizzard Of Ozz.’ However, Bob said he was against this decision because everything was going well between the band members. Nevertheless, they wanted to replace Lee with Tommy Aldridge.
The only way to do this was to fire Bob, which happened after they finished recording the second studio album, ‘Diary Of A Madman.’ Even though Sharon asked him to return to the band once again, it didn’t happen following Randy Rhoads’ passing in 1982.
Later on, Ozzy decided to continue with another bass guitarist Rudy Sarzo along with Tommy Aldridge. Even though they didn’t play anything in the ‘Diary Of A Madman’ album, Ozzy gave them credits instead of Bob and Lee.
Furthermore, Bob revealed that Ozzy even removed him from the production credits, although he put good ideas into those songs. Nonetheless, Ozzy gave at least the songwriting credits to the original band members.
Bob Daisley talked about his departure from Ozzy Osbourne:
“During that tour in 1980, when we just had the first album out, Ozzy and Sharon kept pulling me aside and saying, ‘Let’s get rid of Lee. Let’s get Tommy Aldridge in the band.’ And I’d never agree. It wasn’t because of any sort of blind loyalty to Lee or anything. I just thought the band was working so well.
But then we went into Ridge Farm in February of 1981 and began ‘Diary.’ I think we did a couple more days at Ridge Farm, finished recording, and then a couple of days later I got the phone call from Sharon. ‘It’s over.’ I still remember her words.
I think they wanted to get rid of Lee. They wanted to get Tommy Aldridge in the band. The only way to do that would be to get rid of me as well, and then ask me back, which did happen.
About six weeks later, I got the phone call from Sharon… But then in early 1982, when it was all planned we’d do the album that year, Randy was killed in a plane crash on the 19th of March. That was all put back.”
Bob Daisley on the songwriting credits:
“We were in the studio and we went into the office and somebody had a copy of the ‘Diary of a Madman’ record.
When we opened up, we just freaked. They had taken everything away from us. They credited Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo on the album we played on. They didn’t even play a note on it.
They also took our production credits off it. Max Norman at Ridge Farm was the house engineer. He was a good engineer. We got on great with him. He engineered the first album.
You’ll notice on the first album, he’s credited just as ‘engineer,’ and it says it was produced by us. That’s what we wanted.”
Bob added in the conversation:
“By the second album, he was the house engineer at Ridge Farm when we went back to record ‘Diary.’ It was actually my suggestion, ‘Let’s give Max a production credit since he’s become part of us.’
That was agreed. But when the album came out, Lee and I didn’t get credit for playing on it. We had our songwriting credits – that was all good. That was still on there.
But it says, ‘Produced by Max Norman, Ozzy Osbourne, and Randy Rhoads.’ And so we got left off production as well. And I put some good ideas into those songs for the production. I didn’t mind Max having a production credit, but I would have liked one myself.”
Later in the interview, Bob also talked about his return on the ‘Bark At The Moon’ album and explained why Ozzy Osbourne got all the credits of the record. As Bob said, he was just paid to play the songs and not get credit for them.