Song of the Day: Lita Ford w/Ozzy Osbourne: “Close My Eyes Forever”

Happy birthday wishes go out to Lita Ford, who turns 58 years old today. This song, which was a top ten hit and one of the best ballads of the hair metal era, came about by accident during a night of getting drunk and stoned. Ford, who at the time was managed by Sharon Osbourne, told Metal Underground: “Close My Eyes Forever was a mistake. It was just me and Ozzy and Sharon hanging about in the recording studio. They showed up one day and had a housewarming present for me: a life-size duplicate of Koko the gorilla from the San Diego Zoo. It was freaking huge – I had to strap it in the front seat of my jeep to get it home. Ozzy stayed, Sharon got bored and left, and me and Ozzy had a couple of drinks and we were jamming. We started singing, messing about and we wrote ‘Close My Eyes Forever.'” If only all mistakes turned out this good, eh?

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