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38 Special

Initially, .38 Special were one of many Southern rock bands in the vein of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd; in fact, the band was led by Donnie Van Zant, the brother of Skynyrd's leader, Ronnie Van Zant. After releasing a couple of albums of straight-ahead Southern boogie, the band revamped its sound to fall halfway between country-fried blues-rock and driving, arena-ready hard rock. The result was a string of hit albums and singles in the early '80s, highlighted by "Caught Up in You," "If I'd Been the One," "Back Where You Belong," and "Like No Other Night." .38 Special's popularity dipped in the late '80s as MTV-sponsored pop and heavy metal cut into their audience. Though the band had its biggest hit in 1989 with the ballad "Second Chance," it proved to be their last gasp -- they faded away in the early '90s, retiring to the oldies circuit.

Donnie Van Zant (vocals) formed the Jacksonville, FL-based .38 Special in 1975 with Jeff Carlisi (guitar), Don Barnes (guitar, vocals), Ken Lyons (bass), Jack Grondin (drums), and Steve Brookins (drums). Two years later, the band signed with A&M Records and released its eponymous debut. Neither 38 Special or its follow-up, Special Delivery, received much attention, but the group began to build up a following through its constant touring. Bassist Lyons left before the recording of 1979's Rockin' Into the Night, the album that demonstrated a more melodic, driving sound; he was replaced by Larry Junstrom. Rockin' Into the Night became a moderate hit, but 1981's Wild-Eyed Southern Boys was a genuine hit, going platinum and generating the Top 40 "Hold On Loosely." Special Forces, released in 1982, was even more popular, spawning the Top Ten single "Caught Up in You." Tour de Force (1983) and Strength in Numbers (1986) were both successes, and the band continued to be a popular touring outfit. Barnes and Brookins left in 1987; Barnes was replaced by Danny Chauncey.

While Strength in Numbers had been popular, it didn't stay on the charts as long as its predecessors. Flashback, the 1987 greatest-hits album, was moderately successful, but the band took precautions to retain its audience by recording the polished Rock & Roll Strategy. Released in 1989, the album slowly became a hit on the strength of "Second Chance," an adult contemporary-oriented ballad that reached the Top Ten. Rock & Roll Strategy became the band's final big hit. Barnes returned to the band in 1991 and the group added drummer Scott Hoffman and keyboardist Bobby Capps. Even with the extensive retooling and the support of a new label, Charisma, 1991's Bone Against Steel failed to gain much attention. .38 Special didn't release another album for six years. In the summer of 1997, they released a comeback effort titled Resolution on Razor & Tie Records. Live at Sturgis followed on CMC in 1999. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 10 Live!

1. Hold On Loosely (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

2. Caught Up In You (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

3. Rockin' Into The Night (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

4. Back Where You Belong (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

5. Fantasy Girl (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

6. If I'd Been The One (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

7. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

8. Twentieth Century Fox (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

9. Fade To Blue (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

10. Rebel To Rebel (Live At Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, SD, 1999)

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Track List: Icon

1. Hold On Loosely

2. Caught Up In You

3. Second Chance

4. Back Where You Belong

5. If I'd Been The One

6. Like No Other Night

7. Rockin' Into The Night

8. Back To Paradise

9. Fantasy Girl

10. Somebody Like You

11. Teacher, Teacher

12. You Keep Runnin' Away

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Track List: Authorized Bootleg - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 1/29/85

1. Take 'Em Out (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

2. Back On The Track (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

3. Interlude / Authorized Bootleg (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

4. Rough Housin' (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

5. Stone Cold Believer (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

6. Caught Up In You (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

7. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

8. Chain Lightnin' (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

9. Undercover Lover (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

10. Back Where You Belong (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

11. If I'd Been The One (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

12. Twentieth Century Fox (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

13. Hold On Loosely (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

14. I Been A Mover (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

15. Rockin' Into The Night (Live - Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY)

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Track List: The Very Best Of The A&M Years (1977-1988)

1. Rockin' Into The Night

2. Hold On Loosely

3. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

4. Fantasy Girl

5. Caught Up In You

6. Chain Lightnin'

7. You Keep Runnin' Away

8. Rough-Housin'

9. Stone Cold Believer

10. Twentieth Century Fox

11. If I'd Been The One

12. Back Where You Belong

13. Teacher, Teacher

14. Somebody Like You

15. Like No Other Night

16. Back To Paradise

17. Second Chance

18. Take Me Back

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Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. Rockin' Into The Night

2. Stone Cold Believer

3. Money Honey

4. Hold On Loosely

5. Long Time Gone

6. Take Me Back

7. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

8. Fantasy Girl

9. Hittin' & Runnin'

10. Caught Up In You

11. Chain Lightnin'

12. Rough Housin'

13. You Keep Runnin' Away

14. Prisoners Of Rock 'N' Roll

15. Twentieth Century Fox

16. Long Distance Affair

17. One Time For Old Times

Disc 2

1. If I'd Been The One

3. Teacher, Teacher

4. Somebody Like You

5. Like No Other Night

6. Back To Paradise

7. Rock & Roll Strategy

8. Second Chance

9. The Sound Of Your Voice

10. Last Thing I Ever Do

11. Rebel To Rebel

12. Fade To Blue

13. Deja Voodoo

14. Homeless Guitar

15. Saving Grace

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best Of 38 Special

1. Rockin' Into The Night

2. Stone Cold Believer

3. Hold On Loosely

4. Wild Eyed Southern Boys

5. Fantasy Girl

6. Caught Up In You

7. Rough Housin

8. If I'd Been The One

9. Back Where You Belong

10. Twentieth Century Fox

11. Somebody Like You

12. Like No Other Night

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Track List: Resolution

1. Fade To Blue

2. Just Can't Leave You Alone

3. Deja Voodoo

4. Find My Way Back

5. Changed By Love

6. After The Fire Is Gone

7. Miracle Man

8. Shelter Me

9. Homeless Guitar

10. Saving Grace

11. She Loves To Talk

12. Trouble

13. Shatter The Silence

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Track List: Bone Against Steel

1. The Sound Of Your Voice

2. Signs Of Love

3. Last Thing I Ever Do

4. You Definitely Got Me

5. Rebel To Rebel

6. Bone Against Steel

7. You Be The Dam, I'll Be The Water

8. Jimmy Gillum

9. Tear It Up

10. Don't Wanna Get It Dirty

11. Burning Bridges

12. Can't Shake It

13. Treasure

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Track List: Rock & Roll Strategy

1. Rock & Roll Strategy

2. What's It To Ya?

3. Little Sheba

4. Comin Down Tonight

5. Midnight Magic

6. Second Chance

7. Hot Lanta

8. Never Be Lonely

9. Chattahoochee

10. Innocent Eyes

11. Love Strikes

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Track List: Flashback

1. Back To Paradise

2. Hold On Loosely

3. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

4. If I'd Been The One

5. Caught Up In You

6. Fantasy Girl

7. Rough Housin'

8. Same Old Feeling

9. Back Where You Belong

10. Stone Cold Believer

11. Teacher, Teacher

12. Like No Other Night

13. Twentieth Century Fox

14. Rockin' Into The Night

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Track List: Strength In Numbers

1. Somebody Like You

2. Like No Other Night

3. Last Time

4. Once In A Lifetime

5. Just A Little Love

6. Has There Ever Been A Good Goodbye

7. One In A Million

8. Heart's On Fire

9. Against The Night

10. Never Give An Inch

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Track List: Tour De Force

1. If I'd Been The One

2. Back Where You Belong

3. One Time For Old Times

4. See Me In Your Eyes

5. Twentieth Century Fox

6. Long Distance Affair

7. I Oughta Let Go

8. One Of The Lonely Ones

9. Undercover Lover

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Track List: Special Forces

1. Caught Up In You

2. Back Door Stranger

3. Back On The Track

4. Chain Lightnin'

5. Rough-Housin'

6. You Keep Runnin' Away

7. Breakin' Loose

8. Take 'Em Out

9. Firestarter

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Track List: Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

1. Hold On Loosely

2. First Time Around

3. Wild-Eye Southern Boys

4. Back Alley Sally

5. Fantasy Girl

6. Hittin' And Runnin'

7. Honky Tonk Dancer

8. Throw Out The Line

9. Bring It On

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Track List: Rockin' Into The Night

1. Rockin' Into The Night

2. Stone Cold Believer

3. Take Me Through The Night

4. Money Honey

5. The Love That I've Lost

6. You're The Captain

7. Robin Hood

8. You Got The Deal

9. Turn It On

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Track List: Special Delivery

1. I'm A Fool For You

2. Turnin' To You

3. Travelin' Man

4. I Been A Mover

5. What Can I Do

6. Who's Been Messin'

7. Can't Keep A Good Man Down

8. Take Me Back

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spookaria
Man, miss the 80's. long hear, rocking out and not a care in the world.
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sandymcadams 5 4
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Good lovin don't go bad!!! 38 Special love them.....
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mariejames34 7 9
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Those were the days! :)
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I love that song 38 special wow!
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carolw30004
Gives me goose bumps. Always danced wherever I was to this.
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Great times.
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Agree with Susie!
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TAKES ME BACK TO YOUNG AND CRAZY
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fiel225
Second Chance by 38 Special love it so much ...Thanks
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Gotta love any band gettin play 40 years later and named for a firearm! lol I qualify my comment by stating up front... I turn 60 in about 6 weeks ��
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Randy Couture workout mix is a must buy��
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@deepsky62 As a Millennial, I agree full heartedly. The 80's is still going strong into the early 21st Century and hopefully for many more generations to come. :)
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deepsky62
I think it points to the abilities of classic rock directing the ears, and hearts of those that are listening. My kids even like "dad's music" because it is true music and true talent and classic rock will live forever for those reasons. 38 Special is true Rock&Roll in classic unapologetic form
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vickielynn19 6 2
i love this song as well and so does my daughter
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sal7probon
love this and my second chance is inches away
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Justin, think you are on the wrong platform to express your desires.
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justinjenny4 9 5
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Saw them in concert with opening band Golden Earing of Twilight Zone fame at Blaisdel Arena in Hawaii in 1983. Such an excellent show. I got into southern rock in the 70.s in Air Force and have followed it since. 38 Special being one of my favorite bands. Never forget the good times.
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My favorite music of all time, brings back so many happy memories.
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Second chance 38 special so awesomesauce
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The audience wasn't much at tachi but the band was all that !!!
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Awesome band !!! Even now !!! Sounded great at tachi hotel n casino in 2016 !!! Just as I remembered them in the 80's
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Used to got to the old coliseum to watch them practice on Saturday mornings. How fantastic. Worked for a van club and we had special privileges at the arena. They were a very, very good, tight group.
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Used to got to the old coliseum to watch them practice on Saturday mornings. How fantastic. Worked for a van club and we had special privileges at the arena. They we very, very good.
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kennethjones 1 9 5 8
anybody named Van Zant says enough!!!
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Reminds me of living in Knoxville when I was 11 years old, the bus driver put big speakers in the school bus and turned it UP!
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Solid straight forward southern rock. Outstanding band in concert as well.
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Love it
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Since you've been gone feels like everything's slipping away
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More lyrics Pandora ��
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Love "if I had been the one" one of my fav southern/roc k songs. They rock, their music is upbeat.
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Great band! Get your eighties big hair and tight jeans on!
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Second Chance is such a great song. Bring back many memories.
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Such an awesome band..they'v e got really good songs
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❤️❤️❤️ This song.
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Great song❤
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Kick A**!!!¡
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This is,another nice love song...reali s t i c sometimes there are no 2nd chances
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So damb easy...Someo n e to believe in an dont let go!!!.Love!! !
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One bad a as band
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Somebody like you ;-)
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