Hazel Mollison of the Edinburgh Evening News reports:
He is better known to a new generation as the star of his own reality TV show.
But now an Edinburgh band are hoping to give Ozzy Osbourne a blast from the past by recording one of his earliest — and now forgotten — songs.
Chris Bradley was left the lyrics and music to "Desperate Man" by a friend of his father's, who grew up singing and playing with Ozzy in the 1960s.
He believes the BLACK SABBATH frontman has probably completely forgotten about the track. His friend John Lindsay gave Chris the lyrics shortly before he died of cancer last December. Now Chris, 26, has recorded his own version of the song. He will be performing it with his band, COLONEL TURNON, at Whistlebinkies on South Bridge tonight.
The band have sent their recording to Ozzy's wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, and are hoping it will bring back memories for him.
Chris, who lives in Grosvenor Crescent in the West End, said he remembered listening to John playing the song when he was growing up. John had been a professional bagpiper, although he also sang and played the guitar.
After John's premature death in his 50s, Chris was spurred on to record his own version of the song. He said: "The song was part of our family legend. John used to play it at parties when he came up to visit. It brings back a lot of memories.
"He was a friend of my father's and of Ozzy's. They both lived in Birmingham when they were growing up. John always claimed this song was written by Ozzy and they used to play it together.
"John gave me the lyrics to it last year. I think this is what he would have wanted.
"The song is about this guy who's trying to do something good, but it's coming across all wrong. I can imagine Ozzy writing and singing it when he was younger.
"We'd like to make contact with him, and see if he remembers writing it. He might have just forgotten it, or maybe he didn't like it. But everyone we've played it to has loved it. If he did record the song and released it, then it would be a dream come true."
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