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

1968-1977, 1978-1979, ? Line-Up


This is the original line-up with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward.

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

  • 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

Sabbath With Dave Walker

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 with a early version of "Junior's Eyes". It wasn't until the final moment, in 1978, that Ozzy came back and didn't want to do most of the tracks that weren't written with him.

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

1979-1980 Line-Up

Sabbath dio era with bill ward

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, in the same year Sharon Arden (who would be Ozzy's future wife) recommended Dio, Black Sabbath started to go in a different direction with their music. Instead of the gloomy atmosphere (that Technical Ectasy and Never Say Die! faded away from as well), Heaven and Hell went for a Power Metal feel.

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

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When Heaven and Hell was released, Ward was fired similarly to Osbourne, only for a drinking problem. Ward was 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 until 1992 when they came back for Dehumanizer.

1982-1983 Line-Up

  • Ian Gillan - vocals
  • Tony Iommi - guitar
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Bill Ward - drums

1983-1984 Line-Up

  • Ian Gillan
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geezer Butler
  • Bev Bevan

1984-1985 Line-Up

With David Donato

1985-1986 Line-Up

1986-1987 Line-Up

  • Ray Gillen
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Bob Daisley
  • Eric Singer

1987 Line-Up

  • Tony Martin
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Bob Daisley
  • Eric Singer

 ?-1991, 1993-1997

With Tony Martin

There were several line-ups with Tony Martin.