Gotta Serve Somebody
|"Gotta Serve Somebody"|
|Single by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Slow Train Coming|
|B-side||"Trouble in Mind"|
|Released||August 20, 1979|
|Recorded||May 4, 1979
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
|Bob Dylan singles chronology|
"Gotta Serve Somebody" is a song by Bob Dylan from his 1979 studio album Slow Train Coming. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979. The song was recorded in May of that year at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. It stands as Dylan's last hit single, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 singles chart. The b-side, "Trouble in Mind" was a Dylan original that did not appear on the album.
In response to "Gotta Serve Somebody", John Lennon wrote and recorded the song "Serve Yourself," which was a parody that mocked the injection of religion into Dylan's songwriting. In his diary, Lennon said of Dylan's song, "The backing was mediocre by Jerry Wexler, the singing was really pathetic, and the words were just embarrassing."
Notwithstanding Lennon's opinion, as of 2015 the song still enjoys airplay, and has been covered by Mavis Staples, Etta James, Willie Nelson and various blues musicians.
The song was featured in the movie The Ultimate Gift.
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