Robert John Daisley (born 13 February 1950) is an Australian musician and songwriter. A bass guitarist, he is perhaps best known for his intermittent relationship with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, for whom he contributed bass, co-production and songwriting throughout the 1980s. Daisley has also worked with prominent rock acts including Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Chicken Shack and Uriah Heep, among others. In 2013, he published his autobiography entitled For Facts Sake which has received outstanding reviews.

Bob Daisley
Birth nameRobert John Daisley
Born (1950-02-13) 13 February 1950 (age 74)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1964–present

Biography edit

Early career edit

Daisley began playing guitar at age 13 and went on to bass at 14. His rapid progress won him local acclaim, especially through his work with guitarist Dennis Wilson with The Powerpact and Mecca; Mecca's only single release "Black Sally" became an underground hit and was covered by Human Instinct on their Stoned Guitar album. Daisley and Wilson then formed Kahvas Jute with Tamam Shud members Tim Gaze and Dannie Davidson. They released one album, Wide Open, on Infinity Records in 1971.

Daisley came to international notice as a bass player and member of the English blues band Chicken Shack in 1972, before going on to play with Mungo Jerry in 1973 and on their 1974 album Long-Legged Woman Dressed in Black. After this he co-formed Widowmaker, contributing to two albums – 1975's self-titled debut and Too Late to Cry in 1977. The same year he joined Ritchie Blackmore's band Rainbow and later played on tracks of the Long Live Rock 'n' Roll album. He remained with Rainbow until 1979 when he was replaced by Blackmore's ex-Deep Purple bandmate Roger Glover.

Ozzy Osbourne edit

In October 1979, Daisley met Ozzy Osbourne at a venue called the Music Machine in Camden Town, after Osbourne had been fired from the band Black Sabbath. The pair hit it off and Osbourne suggested they form a band. They were soon joined by former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, whom Osbourne had recently met in Los Angeles. The trio hired ex-Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake and settled on the band name The Blizzard of Ozz, though the new band's management soon decided to bill the act simply as "Ozzy Osbourne".[1]

Daisley contributed bass, songwriting and co-production on the group's first album, Blizzard of Ozz, and co-wrote all of the material on the follow-up album Diary of a Madman but both he and drummer Lee Kerslake were fired before the second album was released. Bassist Rudy Sarzo received credit on Diary of a Madman, though he did not perform on it.

Daisley and Kerslake later successfully sued Don Arden and Jet Records for performance royalties and to have their performance credits added to Diary of a Madman. Litigation continued for many years until Daisley and Kerslake sued the Osbournes (who unknown to Daisley and Kerslake had purchased the early albums' publishing rights) for unpaid performance royalties and accreditation. Sharon, without Ozzy's knowledge, responded by re-issuing new CD versions of both albums with the bass and drum tracks re-recorded by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin in 2002. In 2003, Daisley and Kerslake's lawsuit was dismissed by the United States District Court in Los Angeles. This dismissal was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[2] In 2011, Sony Legacy re-released both albums with Daisley and Kerslake's original bass and drum parts restored.

Daisley continued to return to the Osbourne camp to write and record for several albums throughout the 1980s, playing on and/or writing for Bark at the Moon (1983), The Ultimate Sin (1986), and No Rest for the Wicked (1988). He maintained his working relationship with the Osbournes up until 1991's No More Tears album, which featured his bass playing on all tracks. Mike Inez (who later joined Alice in Chains) appeared in the album's promotional videos.

Bob Daisley's Hamer bass in Hard Rock Cafe Prague, 2011

Uriah Heep edit

After leaving Osbourne's band the first time, Daisley joined the reformed Uriah Heep in 1981 alongside Kerslake and remained with them until the following year, recording two albums, Abominog and Head First, both of which helped to rekindle some interest in the band.

Gary Moore edit

During his on-off involvement with Osbourne, Daisley also recorded many albums with Gary Moore and toured extensively with him.

Black Sabbath edit

In 1986, he was approached by producer Jeff Glixman to play on the Black Sabbath album The Eternal Idol, as the band's actual bass player Dave Spitz had personal commitments to attend to.[3] However, Spitz was credited on the final release along with him. Daisley was offered the bassist's spot in Black Sabbath but turned it down due to his commitment to Gary Moore, with whom he continued to work from time to time until the guitarist's death in 2011.

Other contributions edit

Since the 1980s, Daisley has contributed to a wealth of recordings as bassist, lyricist and producer, including albums by Yngwie Malmsteen, Takara, Bill Ward, Black Sabbath and Jeff Watson of Night Ranger. Daisley and Watson teamed up again and formed Mother's Army with vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and drummer Carmine Appice. In 2003, following his second and unsuccessful suit against Ozzy Osbourne, he teamed up with Lee Kerslake, Steve Morse of Deep Purple and Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes to record an album under the name Living Loud. Six of the album's eleven tracks were covers from Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Don Airey played keyboards on the Living Loud album. On 7 February 2003 Daisley recorded a live show at The Basement in Sydney with Australian blues band The Hoochie Coochie Men, for a live DVD and CD release. Featured were former Deep Purple organist Jon Lord and Jimmy Barnes. In 2007, The Hoochie Coochie Men released the studio album Danger: White Men Dancing, also featuring Jon Lord. In September 2014, Daisley was hired to produce the debut album of Adelaide-based hard rock band Cherry Grind.[4][5]

Book edit

Daisley's autobiography For Facts Sake was published in August 2013.

Gear edit

Daisley uses Mark Bass heads, and Picato Strings since 1972.[6] He recorded Ozzy Osbourne's solo debut Blizzard of Ozz with a white Gibson EB-3 from 1961, through one of Randy Rhoads' Marshall stacks, and continues to use an early-1960s EB-3 to this day. However, the follow-up to Blizzard, Diary of a Madman, (and most of the other albums he recorded on) was recorded with a Fender Precision Bass.[7] No More Tears was recorded with a P-bass as well, but an early '50s model with a single coil pickup (in sunburst).[8]

Discography edit

Year Band Album Notes
1970 Kahvas Jute Wide Open
2006 Kahvas Jute Then Again (Live at the Basement)
1973 Chicken Shack Unlucky Boy
1973 Mungo Jerry Alright, Alright, Alright (Single)
1974 Mungo Jerry Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black
1976 Widowmaker Widowmaker
1977 Widowmaker Too Late to Cry
2002 Widowmaker Straight Faced Fighter Compilation
1978 Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
1986 Rainbow Finyl Vinyl Compilation
2006 Rainbow Live in Munich 1977 CD & DVD
1980 Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
1981 Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
1982 Uriah Heep Abominog UK No. 34, US No. 56
1983 Uriah Heep Head First UK No. 56, US No. 159
1983 Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon
1983 Gary Moore Victims of the Future
1985 Gary Moore Run for Cover
1986 Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin Daisley co-wrote most of the songs, but did not play on the album
1987 Ozzy Osbourne Tribute
1987 Gary Moore Wild Frontier
1987 Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol
1988 Ozzy Osbourne No Rest for the Wicked
1988 Yngwie Malmsteen Odyssey UK No. 10
1989 Gary Moore After the War
1990 Gary Moore Still Got the Blues
1991 Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
1992 Gary Moore After Hours
1993 Mother's Army Mother's Army
1996 Uriah Heep Time of Revelation
1997 Mother's Army Planet Earth
1998 Mother's Army Fire on the Moon
2001 The Hoochie Coochie Men The Hoochie Coochie Men
2003 The Hoochie Coochie Men with Jon Lord Live at the Basement 2CD & DVD
2003 Living Loud Living Loud
2004 Gary Moore Power of the Blues
2005 Living Loud Live in Sydney 2004
2007 The Hoochie Coochie Men with Jon Lord Danger. Whitemen Dancing
2018 Bob Daisley And Friends Moore Blues For Gary (A Tribute To Gary Moore)
2022 Michael Schenker Group Universal[9]

Session and guest appearances edit

Video – VHS edition edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Bob Daisley's History with the Osbournes". Bob Daisley. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ "News – Federal Appeals Court: Ozzy Does Not Owe Royalties". Knac.Com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ Daisley, Bob (2013). For Facts Sake. Thompson Music. p. 215. ISBN 9780992276058.
  4. ^ "Bob Daisley - Cherry Grind are a young band from Adelaide". Facebook. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Review: Cherry Grind – 'A Room With A View'". Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Bob Daisley, Other Gear". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Other Gear | Bob Daisley". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Bob's Guitars | Bob Daisley". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  9. ^ Universal (liner notes). Michael Schenker Group. Atomic Fire. 2022. AF0040DP.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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