Rita May (song)

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This article is about the Bob Dylan song. For the writer Rita Mae Brown, see Rita Mae Brown. For the British actress, see Rita May (actress).
"Rita May"
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Masterpieces
A-side Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
B-side Rita May
Released November 30, 1976
Format 7"
Recorded July 30, 1975, Columbia Recording Studio E, New York City
Genre Blues
Length 3:14
Label Columbia
Writer(s) music: Bob Dylan; lyrics: Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Don DeVito
Bob Dylan discography chronology
"Rita May"
"Baby, Stop Crying"

"Rita May" (sometimes spelled as "Rita Mae") is a song by Bob Dylan, originally recorded during the sessions for the album Desire, but released only as the B-side of a single and on the compilation album, Masterpieces.[1] Some listeners believe that the lyrics of the song refer to writer Rita Mae Brown, who had complained of the lack of opportunities for casual lesbian sex.[2]

"Rita May" was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis on his 1979 album Jerry Lee Lewis.

Other songs with the same title[edit]

Eric Clapton wrote a song titled "Rita Mae" which appears on his 1981 album Another Ticket and was also released as a single, reaching #10 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

Personnel (for the Dylan original)[edit]


  1. ^ Still on the Road: Bob Dylan Recording Sessions
  2. ^ The Bob Dylan Who's Who