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Bill Ward

dr, *1948 GB, Birmingham
Musician of Rock
A.k.a. William Ward

Born William Thomas Ward, May 5, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England. Bill Ward is the original drummer and a founding member of Black Sabbath. Prior to Black Sabbath, Ward and Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi had worked together in a local rock band called Mythology. Ward remained Black Sabbath's drummer until mid 1980, when long standing drug and alcohol problems, exacerbated by the then recent deaths of both of his parents, forced him to leave the band mid-tour. He was replaced by Vinny Appice. A sober Ward rejoined Black Sabbath in 1983, when the band recorded "Born Again" with singer Ian Gillan, but he left the band after the recording when his substance abuse problems started to resurface. Sober again, Bill rejoined Black Sabbath in 1984 when the group hired vocalist Dave Donato, but this line up last only a few photo sessions before Donato was fired. After that, Ward and bassist Geezer Butler left the band. Ward would vow publically not to rejoin Black Sabbath again until original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne returned, although he did fill in for a few shows in 1994 when Tony Martin sang for the band. In the late 1990's, the original Black Sabbath finally reunited to tour but any new studio recordings have yet to appear and, at this time, seem unlikely to happen. In 1997, it was anounced that Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward would be reuniting under the moniker of Heaven & Hell (2) but Ward stated that he would not be participating shortly after the initial announcement was made. Besides being a drummer, Bill is also a singer and a songwriter. He released his first solo album in 1990 and his second in 1997. A third album, titled "Beyond Aston', is said to be complete but has yet to be released.

        
Instruments
  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Rock
  • Spoken Word
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Psalm 55 on Canaan Land by Bill Ward
Matchbox on Trying to Get Out Alive by Bill Ward
La le Lay on Trying to Get Out Alive by Bill Ward
Trying to Get Out Alive on Trying to Get Out Alive by Bill Ward
Happy Day Express on Canaan Land by Bill Ward
Shelter From the Storm on Trying to Get Out Alive by Bill Ward
Wayfaring Stranger on Canaan Land by Bill Ward
Dreaming About You on Trying to Get Out Alive by Bill Ward
I Have Decided on Canaan Land by Bill Ward
Grape Jelly on Trying to Get Out Alive by Bill Ward

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Accountable BeastsBill Ward2015Album
Living NakedBill Ward2007Album
StrawsBill Ward2002Single
When The Bough BreaksBill Ward2000Album
Snakes And LaddersBill Ward1990Single
Ward One : Along The WayBill Ward1990Album
Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)Bill Ward1990Single
Tony Iommi 1-2Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Heaven & HellAlbum
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