The song was reportedly written by bassist Phil Soussan before he joined Ozzy's band. However, Osbourne was credited as a co-writer on the album sleeve. This issue has become a source of contention over the years, and in spite of its success, the song has rarely appeared on Ozzy Osbourne greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of The Ozzman Cometh; however, the song was omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of this compilation and replaced with "Miracle Man." Both Just Say Ozzy (an EP containing an alternate version of "Shot in the Dark") and The Ultimate Sin were deleted from Ozzy's catalog in 2002 for claims of unpaid royalties from Soussan.
The song was covered by the British AOR band FM on their 2012 release Only Foolin' EP.