When Ozzy Osbourne was a teenager, he would spend the night outside of a record store, just to be the first in line to buy the new Beatles album on release day. Ozzy once said, “I want to be a Beatle!” – can you imagine John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Ozzy? The first time Ozzy met Paul McCartney, he was starstruck. So it’s only natural that during Ozzy’s illustrious 40+ year career that he would cover a few of the Fab Five’s songs. TRIVIA: Can you name the three songs written by John Lennon that Ozzy has recorded? Hint: Only one was a Beatles song.
Ozzy’s ninth solo CD, “Under Cover” was a collection of his favorite classic rock songs. Thirteen cover songs and a new version of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” with his daughter, Kelly. Two notable tracks on the CD was “In My Life” from the Beatles’ 1965 album “Rubber Soul”. Sandwiched between Arthur Brown’s “Fire” and The Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil” was Ozzy’s take on “Working Class Hero” from John Lennon’s first solo record. Both covers take reverential tones as they remain faithful to Lennon’s original version but hearing Ozzy sing these records just sounds so incredible. When you think about Ozzy’s dramatic life story, a song like “In My Life” just conjures up so many classic memories, try to keep a dry eye during the emotional video.
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“IN MY LIFE”
“How can I go forward when I don’t know which way to turn?” John Lennon’s second album, “Imagine” featured this deeply introspective song called “How?” that questions the direction our lives have taken. Who can forget highly personal lyrics like “How can I give love when I don’t know what it is I’m giving? How can I give love when I just don’t know how to give? How can I give love when love is something I ain’t never had?” Ozzy covered the Lennon classic for the Amnesty International charity at the 70th Anniversary of John Lennon’s birthday. As Ozzy roamed the streets the New York City in the video, you’re reminded that deep down both Lennon and Osbourne are truly similar souls who have left a huge impact on so many lives.