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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 10: Grammy Awards 1980





Dylan receives the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance 1979 (for his “Gotta Serve Somebody” single) at the 22nd Grammy Award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In his acceptance speech he thanks “The Lord, Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett who believed”.

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 9: Still Saved – 1980 Timeline




“It would have been easier, If I had become a Buddhist, or a Scientologist or if I had gone to Sing Sing. ..  At every point in my life I’ve had to make decisions for what I believed in. Sometimes I’ve ended up hurting people that I’ve loved. Other times I’ve ended up loving people that I never thought I would.”
-Bob Dylan (Karen Hughes Interview – May 1980)

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 8: Our Favorite Songs Recorded in 1979





Dylan didn´t record many songs in 1979, this first “gospel year”, and 9 out of 12 were released on his album “Slow Train Coming”.

As always we love lists, and need to close the 1979 part of “The Gospel Years” with our lists of “The Best Songs Recorded in 1979”.

Songs Recorded in 1979:

  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 30 April 1979
    -> Trouble In Mind

    Released as b-side on the “Gotta Serve Somebody” single in September 1979 and on CD Pure Dylan – An Intimate Look At Bob Dylan, 21 October 2011.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 1 May 1979
    -> Precious Angel

    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.

    -> Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One
    Considered for release and overdubbed 3 May 1979.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 2 May 1979
    -> When You Gonna Wake Up
    -> Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.
    -> Ye Shall Be Changed
    Released on The Bootleg Series (Rare and Unreleased) 1961-1991, Volume 3, 26 March 1991.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 3 May 1979
    -> I Believe In You
    -> Slow Train
    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 4 May 1979
    -> Gotta Serve Somebody
    -> Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
    -> When He Returns
    -> Man Gave Names To All The Animals
    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 7: Photo Special Warfield SF 1979

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Photo special: Bob Dylan Warfield SF November 1979 (with 10 pictures never seen before)

A while ago we here at Alldylan got an email from Chris Bradford where he told us that he had started digitizing his old slides, among them quite a few Dylan photos never before published. He asked if we would like to publish some of them on Alldylan. We were stunned, what an offer! We wrote back and said that we would be honoured.

We have publish several posts with photos from Dylan’s tours in 1974, 1978,1979 and 1980, and after that we will maybe post other artists. Chris has pictures of great historic value and he can be contacted if anyone wants to buy Hi-Res shots for printing. He has a lot of shots from this Warfield show! We are not sure of the exact date.

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We decided that this would be a fine addition to our Gospel Years series, and the PhotoSpecial from 1980 will also be a part of the series.

Here is the first photo special with Chris Bradford’s pictures, Bob Dylan & The Band Oakland 1974
Here is the second photo special with Chris Bradford’s pictures, Bob Dylan Oakland 1978

Here are 17 photos from Warfield 1979 from Chris’s large collection that we published earlier. At the end of the post I have added 10 more pictures, never published before (to my knowledge):

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 6: 1979 Gospel Tour – A Treasure





The importance of identifying Bob Dylan as a performing artist, as distinct from the popular perception that he’s a songwriter and recording artist, is immediately clear when one has a chance to hear his fall 1979 concerts. “What Can I Do for You?,” “Solid Rock,” “Saving Grace,” “Covenant Woman” and “In the Garden” as performed at these shows are some of the finest works in Dylan’s oeuvre, but you’d never know that from listening to Saved, the 1980 studio album that features these compositions.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

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  1. Facts
  2. Cherry picked Highlights
  3. Full Concerts
  4. Gospel Raps

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