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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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hold me as tight as you can baby Mike your mimi
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See them every year in Vegas. Best group of the 80's Southern Rock.
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Southern rock at its best
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Head these words...Hold on Loosely!!!!! ! !
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Wonderful memories
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opened for these guys for almost a year in 90/91..best group of guys i have ever met.
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I guess we can all say kick a** memories and party's
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Good loving gone bad?
That would be the big kiss off that Bernie Sanders and Sarah Silverman did to their devoted supporters when these two ditched them for Hillary Clinton
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Always hold on loosely...gr e a t advice to All! Love the southern rock band❤
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Good memory song from high school...one of Hector Munoz fav song
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38 Special❤Hold on loosely
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I want to take a picture of your muscles body I hope it's soon my Mike your mimi
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Fantasy Girl I once was...lolol
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1 of my favorite songs ��
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Awesome tune
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Totally awesome song, by 38 Special, Hold On Loosely, rocks a**! You gave me Someone to Believe In, and a whole lot of space to breathe in. If you kling too tightly 2 her, you're going to lose control! Totally Awesome! Southern rock at its finest! 38 special rocks America! Awesome band, Rock on!
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Party on
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Back to 80's!!! Here we go!!!
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This software is magnificent
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call me whenever you want to my love Mike your mimi
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***INTOXICAT I N G LOVE...BEYON D , BELIEF***
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Saw them August 12th @ Indiana State Fair. Great show ,got a good sound with just 4 guys. Bravo!!'
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Love 38 Special...wo u l d love to see them in concert!!!!!
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Fantastic sound!!
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Saw them last night in concert at Ozark Empire Fair. They still be Rockin' Into The Night. Great show!
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One of the greatest bands ever.
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Great song !!!!
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WOW!!
Been a long time.
38 special
My go to band, after LS
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I can never get snuff....... . R o c k in....into the....night . . . . . . X X X X O O O O O O
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So 38 special all inspiration of love songs, but in the 80s they still holds thoughts on love in the way a love could keep you warm at night. And a feeling that you can feel too
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Why the answer always hidden inside . Deck your heart of desire and you may find that flower
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I just wanted to be a respectiful writer not a back estate pass to get there's so now that all my ralatity checks has been stolen don't look when I published different inspiration of love Diana dawn deedy leal book and no one butter try and steel it
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So it only hurts when love been not turn down but when they realize they've been dump
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It's bee real for lost love
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.38 Special...Gr e a t band.
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my heart will always be yours my love is yours mimi
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Hdmdkssujshs k r r k s i j e h e j j e j h w j w h e j h e e j e u u e u y y e h f j d j k e u i e u r hejejhejheue y u w y i e y e u u e u e h e key eyepiece
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I'm so Mickey to have you for my best friend forever Mimi and mike
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you hold on loosely but don't let me go mimi
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Yeah what if???
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80's, Tampa, sun, beaches, "sightseeing " on the beach!
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you will never lose me you are too special to me I miss you when your not around mike
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we keep missing each other we need a new strategy so we don't miss each other I feel so happy when you are around my love I met with my friend Jean and her two dogs today I should have went over earlier she came about 2pm I love the smaller dog she is so affectionate when she sees me she gets excited when she see me gives me kisses Jetta is her name Mimi I want to give you lots of sweet kisses and lots of big hugs I want to get some of your sweet kisses and I miss your fantasies tic hugs the
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AWSOME SONG, :):):):):)
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