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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, Rovi
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Great song and great group! One of my 80 favorites.
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They are killer!!!
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luvkaraoke50 2
Love this song!!!
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How can you not love a voice like that.
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Love it
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redsjourney2 6
No
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Nikegirl!!!! S o r r y .
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You got that right Mikegirl!!!!
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One of my favorites from the 80's. Southern Rock is cool!
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Nice music
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It's one of my wife's. Group & mine. I lost. My baby 2011 Feb.7
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How could you not love this band!!!
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Southern Rock Will NEVER die !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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So caught up in you!!!!!!!!
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Im dancing out side
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Wild eyed southern boys! 38 Special will be one of my all time favorite bands! Saw them 10 years back and the brought the house down.
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I love the song hold on loosey
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Love this song!!!
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peggysanchez 8
love it
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Love 38 Special !!!!
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Music from the ages still amazing
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So many memories!! These are the songs my husband and I would love to listen to.. He has been gone for almost two years now, but great memories live on with these songs.
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Been a while, still nice!!!
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seen them 2 weeks ago live. :) https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = l y n v s A h - p S s
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Boy they were good. Stll together?
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Never lose control
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angie011974
WOW! Your gonna lose control!!!! Love me some 38 special!
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Wild eyed southern boys......wh a t more could you ask for !!!!!
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1981 Dallas great concert 2004 Winstar Casino still great
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Second Chance sings to my heart - every word of it
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mylinda77.mt
love love love this song
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Just saw them in Newkirk, OK. They still sound great and rocked!
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Pandora doesn't have that many original .38 Special albums
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Wild-Eyed Southern Boys love the 80s bands
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Can listen to 38 all day......
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Four straight top forty albums, four of which have gone platinum with the latest having gone gold. Their greatest hits from 1987 made #35 and has gone platinum. Nine top forty hits, four top twenties and two top tens. Twenty top forties on the rock charts, with fourteen straight from 83 to 89. Fifteen top twenties, thirteen top tens, ten top fives, and two number ones. How are they not in the Hall of Fame yet?
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Cruising down the avenue who does that shoot nowadays man the cops give me a ticket for that I don't think there's any cruise in here in California I could be wrong
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Back to the summer nights of the 80s! fantastic!
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cfonseca30
JUST OUTSTANDING! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Sure wish 38 special would make a comeback. Awesome band.
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They were the best eighties band ever
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named my dart team from them POINT BLANK !!
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Just checked their discography. They were an eighties band? Could've fooled me.
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Could I trouble you for a 10¢ College Fund Donation?

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Seen them in concert twice and they were great.
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Have to thank my hubby for getting me into this band :-)
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Turn it up and drop the hammer I remember my charger good old days
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That's just special
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shawns80
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Wish they would come back because they were berrer than anyone else in this style
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