Nice google search but I'm afraid that none of the references make sense in context. "The Wizard of Oz" (in color) would have been the closest in the scale of changing the world but, as you say, it was already around. The Who release wouldn't have taken hold yet (nor did that one song - or Tommy - have any sweeping effect over Western Civilization) and an episode of the Wild, Wild West wouldnt' even be in the running. I'd say that Sabbath touring with Priest (another stretch in 1968), while a "memory" wouldn't have any mass effect. Not long-term, at least, thereby "[shaking] the world."
NONE have to do with my clue. Like most songwriters, Halford repeats the reference in a different song altogether. [Show/Hide Quoted Message](Quoting Message by METALMANJP from Monday, November 08, 2010 11:43:50 AM)
OK, Here's what I came up with. In 1968 The Wizard of Ozz was around, the show "The Wild,Wild West had an episode called "The Night the Wizard shook the Earth" and The Who released "Pinball Wizard". I thought with Sabbath they would have been touring around the pubs in England prior to releasing an album and no one had heard anything like that before so it would have made an impression on Halford.
Another great guess. Also one that passed through my mind but same problem - year mentioned, nickname "The Wizard" (never used for Iomi or anyone else in the group) and one could never really claim that they ever "shook the world." If he / they did, it would have been much later than '68 too. Sure, Halford could be referring to the year they started playing but, like Hendrix, the dates and title just don't match up.
Ok, a hint? The answer to this question is found in another Halford (band, Fight or JP) song.
Black Sabbath ?
One would think as did I. I now argue that it is not. Hendrix was never known as "The Wizard" and died in 1970.
He was successful in Europe before the USA. He would have been famous earlier than '68 in Europe and Woodstock wasn't until '69.
Are you serious? That is SO easy. Jimi Hendrix
In the song "Made in Hell," Halford sings: "From memories of '68 when the Wizard shook the world..."