|"Diary of a Madman"|
|Song by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Diary of a Madman
|Released||November 7, 1981 & August 22, 1995 (re-issue)|
|Diary of a Madman track listing|
Guitarist Randy Rhoads was taking classical guitar lessons while on the "Blizzard of Ozz" tour, and came up with the opening acoustic riff by using a variation of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer's Etude #6.
The song was written by Ozzy, Randy Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake with the latter two writing the lyrics and vocal melodies, respectively. Supposedly, Ozzy had a hard time coping with the unusual time signature in this song, which was composed by Randy Rhoads and bassist Bob Daisley. According to Daisley, Ozzy's comment was:"Who the fuck do you think I am? Frank Zappa?"