|Born on: 13.02.1950
Robert "Bob" Daisley (born February 13, 1950 In Sydney, Australia) is a hard rock bass guitar player and lyricist who has performed in genres from heavy metal to rock and roll and the blues.
Daisley first came to international notice as a member of the English blues band Chicken Shack in 1972 before going on to play with Mungo Jerry on their 1974 album Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black. After this he joined the Black Sabbath-inspired heavy metal band Widowmaker, contributing to two albums, 1975's self-titled debut and Too Late to Cry in 1977. The same year he replaced Mark Clarke in Rainbow during the sessions for the Long Live Rock 'N' Roll album. He remained with Rainbow until 1979 when he was replaced by Roger Glover. He has also worked with funk legend James Brown and once with the Commodores.
The following year in 1978 he was recruited by Ozzy Osbourne to join that singer's new band, originally called Blizzard of Ozz, however when the album was actually released, it was credited to Osbourne alone and Blizzard of Ozz became merely the title of the album. Daisley contributed bass and backing vocals as well as songwriting on eight of the nine tracks. He also played and wrote much of the material on the follow-up album Diary of a Madman but both he and drummer Lee Kerslake were fired before the album was released and Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge appeared in their place in the artwork and credits of that album's original pressing. Daisley and Kerslake successfully sued Osbourne in 1986 to have their songwriting and performance credits reinstated on both those recordings and this was reflected on post-1986 pressings. Litigation with regards to these albums continued in 2002 when Daisley and Kerslake once again sued Osbourne for unpaid royalties for their contributions, however Osbourne responded to this by deleting the original recordings and re-issuing new versions with the bass and drum tracks re-recorded by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin.
After leaving Osbourne's band, Daisley joined the reformed Uriah Heep in 1982 alongside Kerslake and would remain with them until the following year, recording two albums, Abominog and Head First, both of which helped to rekindle some interest in the band. In 1983 however, he went back to working with Osbourne, with whom he would continue to write and record throughout the 1980s, playing on Bark at the Moon and contributing much of the lyrics for The Ultimate Sin (for which he was also originally uncredited) in 1986. In spite of his suit against Osbourne that year, Daisley maintained his working relationship with him up until 1991's No More Tears which featured his bass playing despite the presence of Mike Inez (who later joined Alice in Chains) in the album's promotional videos.
During his on-again, off-again relationship with Osbourne, Daisley also recorded three albums and toured with Gary Moore. In 1987 he was approached by producer Jeff Glixman to play on the Black Sabbath album The Eternal Idol as the band's actual bass player Dave Spitz "wasn't working out", however Spitz was still credited on the final release. Daisley was offered the bassist spot in Black Sabbath, but turned it down due to his commitment to Moore. He continues to work with Gary Moore to the present day.
Since the beginning of the 90s, Daisley has contributed to a wealth of recordings as bassist, lyricist and producer, including albums by Yngwie Malmsteen, Takara, Bill Ward and Jeff Watson of Night Ranger. In 2003, following his second and unsuccessful suit against Ozzy Osbourne, he teamed up with Lee Kerslake, Steve Morse of Deep Purple and Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes to record an album under the name Living Loud. Seven of the album's eleven tracks were covers from Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Don Airey, who had also worked on those albums, made a guest appearance on the Living Loud album.
On 7 February 2003 Daisley recorded a live show at The Basement in Sydney with Australian blues band The Hoochie Coochie Men, for a live DVD and CD release. Also featured were former Deep Purple organist Jon Lord and Jimmy Barnes.