# CCLXXXVI…Tony Iommi, Southpaw Legend!

This post is dedicated to the iconic southpaw that founded Black Sabbath, Mr. Tony Iommi, who is still an influential member of the rock-n-roll community, born on this date in 1948. Although Rolling Stone magazine listed him as Number 25 of their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, he definitely belongs at least in the Top 10!

After 40 plus years in the business of playing heavy metal, the man still inspires me, due to the fact that, even though he lost the tips of two of his fingers as a teenager, he has gone on to become one of the elite members of the pantheon of heavy metal acts.  Working alongside such greats as Ozzy Osbourne (with Black Sabbath), Ian Gillian (from Deep Purple), and the late Ronnie James Dio (who joined Black Sabbath after Ozzy was fired in 1979), Mr. Iommi has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Happy birthday, Mr. Iommi…and many happy more!

The list of birthday twins features late actor Lee Marvin (1924-1987), singer Smokey Robinson (1940), late wrestler Big John Studd (1948-1995), author Amy Tan (1952), actor Jeff Daniels (1955), late “Rock Me Amadeus” singer Falco (1957-1998), fellow southpaw singer Seal (1963), singer/guitarist Doug Aldritch, from Whitesnake and Dio (1964), and former lead vocalist of the metal band Fear Factory, Burton C. Bell (who appeared on Delain’s song “Where is the Blood” in 2012), was born in 1969.

Thank you all and more from the left soon…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

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