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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

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Ozzy Osbourne: “I Don’t Know”

The Hook: Ozzy says he knew when heard Randy Rhoads’ guitar solo on “I Don’t Know” that it had to be a winner.

Album: Blizzard of Ozz

Year: 1980

Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley

Stats: The lead-off track on Blizzard of Ozz wasn’t a single, but has been played on rock radio ever since its release.

Background: “I Don’t Know” was one of the first songs Ozzy Osbourne wrote after leaving Black Sabbath to become a solo artist. He recalls writing it with his bassist Bob Daisley and his new American guitarist, Randy Rhoads.

Ozzy Osbourne on writing one of the first songs of his solo career, “I Don’t Know,” with Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley. OC:…a winner. :25

“We were writing that in a farmhouse in Wales and Randy had just joined the band and he’d got this riff [sings it]. I just come up with this melody line and Bob and I sat down and write the lyrics. That was the initial start of the Ozzy thing, and I knew at the time that I had something there, y’know. You can feel it. And I’ll always remember when Randy Rhoads got the guitar solo my hair stood up on the back of my hand and I thought, ‘That’s got to be a winner!’”