Biography
Having cut his teeth playing bass guitar for English blues outfit Chicken Shack in the early '70s, Bob Daisley is an Australian musician and songwriter most prominently known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Gary Moore. Some of his most widely known work can be heard on albums such as Osbourne's 1980 debut solo effort Blizzard of Ozz and several of Moore's releases. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1950, Daisley took up bass guitar at age 14 and excelled at the instrument quickly, catching the attention of local rock musician Dennis Wilson (Mecca, the Powerpact). The pair went on to form the band Kahvas Jute and released one album -- Wide Open - via Infinity Records in 1971. Daisley then went on to join English blues outfit Chicken Shack as bass guitarist in 1972. He appeared on their 1973 record Unlucky Boy before leaving to join Mungo Jerry later that year -- he performed on that band's 1974 record Long-Legged Woman Dressed in Black. In 1975, he co-formed hard rock group Widowmaker. The band put out two records -- a 1975 self-titled debut and 1977's Too Late to Cry. 1977 also saw the bassist join Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow after the departure of Mark Clarke to record the Long Live Rock 'n' Roll album. Daisley recorded and toured with Rainbow until 1979. That same year he met Ozzy Osbourne at a venue in London just as the singer was preparing to launch his solo career after leaving Black Sabbath. The duo helped seek out additional musicians -- Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake -- to form a backing band for Osbourne's first release. Daisley co-wrote, co-produced, and performed backing vocals as well as bass on the record Blizzard of Ozz in 1980 and promoted the effort on tour with the rest of the group. He appeared on follow-up record Diary of a Madman in 1981 but left the band before it was released. However, he re-joined the Osbourne fold to write and perform on subsequent albums including 1983's Bark at the Moon and 1986's The Ultimate Sin. He left the group for good in 1991 after the release of the No More Tears record. During the interim, Daisley was involved in other projects; he joined Uriah Heep in 1981 and appeared on two albums -- 1982's Abominog and 1983's Head First -- but left the line-up before the release of the latter. Between his time recording with Osbourne, he also toured with guitarist and songwriter Gary Moore and played bass on several of his efforts. Throughout the late '80s and '90s, Daisley kept busy recording with many hard rock artists including Black Sabbath and Yngwie Malmsteen. The early 2000s saw him form the outfit Living Loud with former bandmate Kerslake, Australian vocalist Jimmy Barnes, and Steve Morse of Deep Purple. They put out their sole self-titled album in mid-2004. He spent the rest of the 2000s writing and recording with musicians and bands such as Karl Cochran, Planet Alliance, and Thomas Tomsen. In 2013 he released his autobiography, For Facts Sake. 2014 saw Daisley hired to produce the first LP from Australian rock band Cherry Grind. He put out the records Moore Blues for Gary -- a tribute to the late guitarist -- and Empty Rooms in 2018 under the moniker "Bob Daisley & Friends." ~ Rob Wacey, Rovi



 
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Bob Daisley-Talks Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, Bark at the Moon
Crazy Train featuring Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake only.
Blizzard of Ozz: Interview With Bob Daisley And Lee Kerslake by Mark Taylor
An in depth interview with Bob Daisley discussing joining Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon - Isolated Bass & Drums Tracks
For Facts Sake | Bob Daisley Autobiography | Book Review (Part 2/2)
Gary Moore - Over the Hills and Far Away (With Bob Daisley)
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