Terence Butler

Terence Butler

English rock musician
Date of Birth: 17.07.1949
Country: Great Britain

  1. Terry Butler - English Rock Musician
  2. Formation of Rare Breed
  3. Transition to Bass and Innovations
  4. Songwriting and Occult Interests

Terry Butler - English Rock Musician

Terry Butler is an English rock musician and a former member of the bands Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne.

Terence Butler

Formation of Rare Breed

Butler formed his first band, Rare Breed, with his school friend Ozzy Osbourne in the autumn of 1967. The two musicians later went their separate ways but reunited in the blues-rock quartet Polka Tulk, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward.

Transition to Bass and Innovations

Initially, Butler played rhythm guitar until Iommi expressed his desire to be the sole guitarist in the band. As a result, Butler switched to bass. He is known for being one of the first bassists to use a wah-wah pedal, as showcased in the intro to the song "N.I.B." Many bassists, including Metallica's Cliff Burton, later adopted this technique. Additionally, Butler was one of the first to detune his bass to a lower tuning (from standard EADG to C#F#BE) to match Iommi's guitar. This detuning technique became popular among bassists in metal bands.

Songwriting and Occult Interests

Despite Ozzy Osbourne being the frontman of Black Sabbath, it was Butler who contributed the majority of the lyrics for the band's early songs. He had a fascination with occult literature, which influenced his songwriting.

Overall, Terry Butler's contributions to Black Sabbath and his innovative bass techniques have left a lasting impact on the rock music scene.