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Another of the very controversial (to fans and fellow musicians alike) aspects of his life was when Dylan became a born-again Christian and attended Bible classes in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in the late 1970s. The product of this for fans was two albums of Christian gospel music. 1979‘s Slow Train Coming won Dylan a Grammy for Best Male Vocalist for the track, Gotta Serve Somebody, and was produced by veteran R&B producer Jerry Wexler and featured guitar accompaniment from Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler.
A year later, Saved received mixed reviews, although some critics thought it musically superior to the earlier one.
During this time, Dylan refused to perform his earlier secular work, and took the opportunity to declare Jesus Christ from the stage.
Another profound influence on him and friend to him from the old, working-class historic folklore culture.