Bob Daisley

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Bob Daisley
Birth nameRobert John Daisley
Born (1950-02-13) 13 February 1950 (age 69)
Sydney, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments
  • Bass
  • vocals
  • guitar
Years active1964–present
Associated acts
Website bobdaisley.com

Robert John Daisley (born 13 February 1950) is an Australian musician, songwriter and author. Daisley is also known for contributing bass and lyrics for Ozzy Osbourne throughout the 1980s and 1990s he has also associated with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Gary Moore and Uriah Heep.

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Biography

Early career

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.

The Human Instinct are a New Zealand blues rock band that has been active since the late 1960s. The band currently consists of Maurice Greer, Phil Pritchard (guitar), Joel Haines (guitar) and Tony Baird (bass). The band has had more than 25 members and has changed lineups several times since its formation under the leadership of Maurice Greer.

<i>Stoned Guitar</i> 1970 studio album by The Human Instinct

Stoned Guitar is the second album by New Zealand blues-rock band The Human Instinct. It was released in 1970. The cover features an adaptation of a painting by New Plymouth artist Michael Smither, "Two Rock Pools".

Kahvas Jute were an Australian rock band formed in July 1970. Mainstay of the line-up was Dennis Wilson on guitar and vocals. Other founder members include Bob Daisley on bass guitar and Tim Gaze on lead guitar and vocals. Their debut album, Wide Open was released in January 1971. The group supported Bo Diddley on his second tour of Australia in October 1973. Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, described their style as 'expansive and free flowing, strong on rhythm and melody and bristling with exceptional guitar work' . Kahvas Jute did a reunion gig in 1991 and in 1993, their album Wide Open was re-released on CD again. In 2005, they played a reunion show at The Basement in Sydney which was recorded and filmed. A DVD and album pack entitled Then Again: Live at the Basement was issued in 2006.

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.

Chicken Shack are a British blues band, founded in the mid-1960s by Stan Webb, Andy Silvester, and Alan Morley (drums), who were later joined by Christine Perfect in 1967. Chicken Shack has performed with various line-ups, Stan Webb being the only constant member.

Mungo Jerry band

Mungo Jerry are a British rock group who experienced their greatest success in the early 1970s, with a changing line-up that has always been fronted by Ray Dorset. The group's name was inspired by the poem "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer", from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The group's biggest hit was "In the Summertime". They had nine charting singles in the UK, including two number ones, and five top 20 hits in South Africa.

Widowmaker (U.K. band) British band

Widowmaker were a British hard rock group, active from 1975 to 1977. They were considered by many to be a supergroup and released two albums. Although their influences appeared to offer vast creative possibilities, musical and personality differences led to their break-up. The legacy of Widowmaker is captured on the compilation Straight Faced Fighters (2002) released by Castle, which includes tracks from both of their albums.

Ozzy Osbourne

In October 1979, Daisley met Ozzy Osbourne at a venue called the Music Machine in Camden Town, and Osbourne soon suggested they form a band with former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, whom Osbourne had recently met in Los Angeles. The trio hired drummer Lee Kerslake and settled on the band name The Blizzard of Ozz, though a record company billed the act simply as "Ozzy Osbourne". [1]

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Quiet Riot American heavy metal band

Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of the British band Status Quo, who expressed desire to name a band "Quite Right", and his thick English accent made it sound like he was saying "Quiet Riot". The band is ranked at No. 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Randy Rhoads American guitarist

Randall William Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on neoclassical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists. Rhoads is included in several "Greatest Guitarist" lists.

Daisley contributed bass and backing vocals as well as songwriting and co-production on the group's first album, Blizzard of Ozz , and co-wrote much of the material on the follow-up album Diary of a Madman but both he and drummer Lee Kerslake were fired before the album was released. Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge appeared in their place in the artwork and credits of that album. Daisley and Kerslake successfully sued Jet Records and Don Arden in 1986 for performance royalties and to have their performance credits added to Diary of a Madman . Litigation with regards to these albums continued in 1998 when 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. However, the Osbourne management responded to this by deleting the original recordings and re-issuing new CD versions 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]

<i>Blizzard of Ozz</i> 1980 studio album by Ozzy Osbourne

Blizzard of Ozz is the debut solo album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Osbourne's first release following his firing from Black Sabbath in 1979. Blizzard of Ozz is the first of two studio albums Osbourne recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads' death in 1982. In 2017, it was ranked 9th on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time".

<i>Diary of a Madman</i> (album) 1981 album by Ozzy Osbourne

Diary of a Madman is the second solo studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. This is the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake. An altered version appeared in 2002 with the original bass and drum parts removed and re-recorded. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Lee Kerslake British musician

Lee Kerslake is an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer and backing vocalist for the rock band Uriah Heep and for his work with Ozzy Osbourne in the early 1980s.

Daisley continued to write and record for Osbourne 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.

<i>Bark at the Moon</i> 1983 studio album by Ozzy Osbourne

Bark at the Moon is the third studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, originally released on 15 November 1983. The album features former Mickey Ratt and Rough Cutt guitarist Jake E. Lee, who replaced guitarist Randy Rhoads who had been killed a year earlier in a plane crash. The album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard album chart and within several weeks of release was certified Gold for over 500,000 sales in the United States. To date, it has sold over 3,000,000 copies in the US. In the UK, it was the third of four Osbourne albums to attain Silver certification by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in January 1984. The album was remastered on CD in 1995 and again in 2002. This is the first album to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee and the only studio album to feature drummer Tommy Aldridge.

<i>The Ultimate Sin</i> 1986 studio album by Ozzy Osbourne

The Ultimate Sin is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 22 February 1986, and it was remastered and re-issued on 22 August 1995. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first and only Osbourne album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the album's hit single "Shot in the Dark". Drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford's band, also makes his recording debut with Osbourne.

<i>No Rest for the Wicked</i> (Ozzy Osbourne album) 1988 studio album by Ozzy Osbourne

No Rest for the Wicked is the fifth studio album by English heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on September 28, 1988 and was re-issued / remastered on August 22, 1995 and again on June 25, 2002. The album was certified gold in December 1988 and has since gone double platinum. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200. It was the first album to feature guitarist Zakk Wylde, keyboardist John Sinclair and the first to feature bassist Bob Daisley since Bark at the Moon.

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

Uriah Heep

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

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

Black Sabbath

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, whom he continued to work with from time to time until the guitarist's death in 2011.

Other contributions

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

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

Gear

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 1960 or 1961, through one of Randy Rhoads' Marshall stacks, and continues to use a red 1960 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] Bob has recently come to an agreement with TTM Guitars USA, to produce the Bob Daisley Signature Series Bass. The bass is set for release in early 2019.

Discography

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

Session and guest appearances

Video – VHS edition

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