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Heavy Metal singer, Ozzy Osbourne, showed his admiration of a cover version of one of his hit songs, Crazy Train, that a group of Louisville pre-teen and teen musicians called the Louisville Leopard Percussionists did by sending them a check for $10,000 to purchase new musical instruments or otherwise fund the group. The teens had actually posted the all-percussion version of the 1980 hit song on YouTube back in December 2012, but Osbourne had not known about it until recently. The song, which can be seen below, has over 800,000 views.
Though the video did not come to the attention of Ozzy Osbourne when it initially was posted, the so-called “Prince of Darkness,” was reportedly floored by the remarkable performance of Crazy Train. He has had scores of hits both with Black Sabbath and as a solo musical artist, but one of his most popular and recognizable hits has always been Crazy Train.
The Louisville Courier-Journal wrote an article about Ozzy Osbourne’s generosity, mentioning that he had also included a personal letter in with the check. In the letter, Osbourne wrote that he, his “whole family,” and all of his fans “loved your rendition of ‘Crazy Train.'” He encouraged the group to “Keep up the good work,” and he signed the letter “God Bless, Ozzy Osbourne.”
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists were founded in 1993. They are a non-profit community organisation that largely depends on donations in order to continue on teaching the area teens how to play musical instruments and perform in front of audiences. That allows the students to get their lessons for little or no cost. The group of over 60 students is composed of people ranging from 7 to 14 years of age, performing cover versions of popular songs.
Besides their cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train, one of the other extremely famous bands that the Louisville Leopard Percussionists have done covers of is Led Zeppelin. For instance, they have performed covers of the Led Zeppelin classic hits, The Ocean, Immigrant Song, and Kashmir. Listen to Kashmir and Immigrant Song by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists below, as well! As Jimmy Page, himself, wrote on his Facebook page: “Too good not to share.”
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists have performed onstage with some famous musical artists, like Dave Samuels and the group Morning Jacket. In the year 2000, they even were awarded a grant by the Carlos Santana Milagro Foundation.
Ozzy Osbourne and the rest of Black Sabbath are currently hard at work completing another album, following the success of their last one, 13. As of a report by MediaMass on May 11, the band has 8 songs already recorded for the new, yet-to-be-named, album. They will reportedly go on tour to support it, and it could be the band’s last tour, ever.
Ozzy Osbourne’s recent contribution of a check for $10,000 that he sent to the Louisville Leopard Percussionists is proof, if any proof was needed, that the musical artist has a heart of gold, despite his reputation of singing Satanic songs. There might not be many, if any, teens or younger kids left over from the group who performed Crazy Train still with the Louisville Leopard Percussionists of today; but, his check to them was still a thoughtful and kind charitable donation to a deserving group of young musicians.
Written By Douglas Cobb
Louisville Leopard Percussionists Version of Crazy Train
Louisville Leopard Percussionists Version of Kashmir, Etc.