born 19 February 1948) is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer.
He is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer for nearly five decades.
Iommi was ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
In 2011, he published his autobiography, entitled Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. I sat in the hospital with my hand in this bag and I thought 'that's it - I'm finished.
First, the thimbles prevented him from feeling the strings, causing a tendency to press down very hard on them.
Secondly, he had difficulty bending strings, leading him to seek light-gauge guitar strings to make it easier to do so.
While working in a factory as a teenager, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand in an accident; an event which crucially affected his playing style.