Aged just 25, Randy Rhoads, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died in an aircraft accident in 1982.
The teaming up of Ozzy with Randy Rhoads was a marriage made in heaven. Rhoads’ virtuosity as a guitarist was the perfect compliment to Osbourne’s extraordinary voice and songwriting talents. The first album they made together – Blizzard of Oz – is without doubt a heavy metal masterpiece.
The accident happened in 1982 when the aircraft Rhoads was a passenger in crashed. It was not a scheduled or even a chartered flight – it was instead a spur of the moment “for fun” flight with the aircraft piloted by someone who’s licence had long since expired.
To say it affected Ozzy badly would be a severe understatement. He was devastated.