Lee Kerslake, Drummer For Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep, Dies at 73

This Is Just A Tribute Former OZZY OSBOURNE  URIAH HEEP Drummer Lee Kerslake Dead at 73
By Robert PasbaniPublished 6 hours ago

This Is Just A Tribute Former OZZY OSBOURNE URIAH HEEP Drummer Lee Kerslake Dead at 73 By Robert PasbaniPublished 6 hours ago

Lee Kerslake, best known as the longtime drummer of rock band Uriah Heep and for playing on two Ozzy Osbourne albums, has died of prostate cancer. After playing with bands such as The Gods, Toe Fat and National Head Band in the late '60s, he joined Uriah Heep and first appeared on their 1972 album "Demons and Wizards".

Kerslake's greatest commercial success came as the drummer for Osbourne in 1980 and '81, when he recorded the classic albums Blizzard Of Ozz, which featured the hit Crazy Train, and Diary Of A Madman.

Despite drumming on Diary Of A Madman, Kerslake's name was erased from the album and replaced by subsequent drummer Tommy Aldridge, even though Aldrige admitted it was Kerslake's drumming on the album.

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Daisley and Kerslake were not credited on Madman, leading to a longstanding feud with the Osbourne camp over their roles in the songwriting on both albums.

Osbourne later had the drum and bass parts on the album rerecorded for a 2002 reissue with his current bass player and drummer, which he later blamed on his wife Sharon Osbourne. Kerslake departed Uriah Heep in 1978 and formed the band Blizzard of Ozz with Osbourne, bassist Bob Daisley and guitarist Randy Rhoads, although management soon rebranded the band as Osbourne's solo project. 'It's on my bucket list. After Kerslake was diagnosted with terminal cancer, he and Ozzy resolved their differences, and Ozzy eventually sent Kerslake platinum records to recognize his contributions to Ozzy's legacy. One of his final requests was to receive platinum albums for his work on the two Osbourne albums. "A platinum certification on my wall for these albums would be fantastic and it would say I helped create those albums". The singer granted his wish.

Gene Simmons was among those to pay tribute, writing, "Sad to report Lee Kerslake has passed". No memorial plans have been revealed.

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