|Single by Ozzy Osbourne|
|from the album Blizzard of Ozz|
|Released||20 September 1980|
|Format||7" Vinyl (45 rpm)|
|Recorded||22 March–19 April 1980|
|Songwriter(s)||Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley|
|Producer(s)||Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake|
|Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology|
"Mr. Crowley" is a song by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne about English occultist Aleister Crowley. It was first released on Osbourne's debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz in September 1980 in the United Kingdom, and then a live version of the song was released as a single in November 1980. The song was written by Osbourne, guitarist Randy Rhoads, and bass guitarist/lyricist Bob Daisley.
The song starts with a keyboard solo by Don Airey. The guitar solo by Randy Rhoads after the second strophe became one of the most known in heavy metal. It was ranked on 28th place in the list of the best guitar solos by the readers of Guitar World.
"Mr. Crowley" is one of two singles released from the Blizzard of Ozz album, with "Crazy Train" being the first. The song was inspired by a book about Aleister Crowley which Osbourne had read, and a deck of tarot cards that were found in the studio as recording of the album was commencing. Crowley was an English occultist and ceremonial magician who had founded the Thelemite religion in the early 20th century. Osbourne mispronounces Crowley's name as //, rather than the correct //.
In popular culture
This song was also featured in the game Brütal Legend.
The song was included in Guitar Hero World Tour, along with "Crazy Train" and an in-game avatar of Ozzy himself, who becomes unlocked as a playable character upon completing both songs in the vocalist career, and was made available to download on 31 May 2011 for play in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode.
- Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
- Randy Rhoads – guitar
- Bob Daisley – bass
- Don Airey – keyboards
- Lee Kerslake – drums
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- 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. guitar.about.com
- Full Top 50 Metal Songs List
- "Crowley". The Vault, the Fallout Wiki. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Gaddo, Kyle (27 May 2011). "Ozzy 8-Pack Final Tracklist Confirmed". The Gaming Vault. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2012.