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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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I heard this song on an episode of the middle which is a show you should check out.
38 Special was popular back in the late 70's and 80's..That was my era and they are good in concert also..Love them
solandnoopti o n s
They need to take a 38 and p.t.a.h
These guys are bad a**
glenn_maddoc k
38 Special is good highway music!
I have always found them to be annoying and it hasn't gotten any better in the intervening years
i grew up listening to this kind of music luv the eighties
Great Band-they will be playing at the Festival in the Park here in town this spring. Can't wait.
I was in batesburg S. carolina/pai n t i n g in Columbia when I first heard the 38 and their still on top of my list.
I like 38 special, for some reason. They remind me of Solid Gold!!!
Class act!!!.... Piss off Ben - idiots of your ilk are what dog s**t is to the sole of a shoe!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible 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 die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Love
this was one of the songs from the movie Joe dirt
i like
Oh the 80's
One of my very first concerts--19 7 9 , loved'em
Opened up for these guys in Charlotte, NC. Great band. This song will always have a special meaning to me.
Fr
rodonnell72
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 die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f16 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.

malmoe88
Certain parts of this song sounds like Cupid (Draw back your bow).
jimmycpiano8
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
one of the BEST GROUPS I've seen....?Let me know !!!
mw_one
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!!

jcoffman777
Best concert I have saw. 38 Special at the San Francisco Civic. Golden Earing opened for them but their sound system sucked. When 38 Special came out they were twice as loud but sounded like you were listening to the CD.
bucs.fan37
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!!
Chain lightning is one of the best tracks for 38
Excellent shows saw them 2times in 80s southern rock will be back
excellence
Great group
Just saw them last night. Totally excellent! They just keep getting better!
I like their sound better than Skynyd, I think he has a better singing voice. Both are very talented.
True artist of Southern Rock. Pioneers they are.
I prefer the more laid back songs as it helps keep my stress level low, this is a fabulous station!!
Donnie wint be on their next tour. Inner ear nerve damage.:(
Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight in the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Glenns Falls Civic Center With Huey Lewis And The News back in the 80's great time!
kiss your hand and call it skillet.
38 Special love it
Check out SKILLET!!!!
I can play this song on guitar!!!!
Kiss ur hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Say a weekday
Say ur name
Open ur hand
Post this on 15 songs and ur crush will say they like u and wnat to date u on te day u picked
Along with Petty, another example of the difference between north fla. and south fla.
I remember the 83 tour with golden earring...sa w them in Lubbock. It was titts out for sure
def a great band seen them wit marshall tucker in el paso 79
skip4309
Great band. Saw them in small theater in 1983 WITH Golden Earring (Houston TX)
'Hold on loosely'...t h a t ' s what Humpty said to his squeeze...an d you saw what happened to Mr Dumpty...now he just a shell of a man...
Solid Band!
joeandcil
saw them at the local free concert. I love .38 so I was not disappointed when all they did was a fast sting of hits blended together.
DON BARNES IS AWESOME GUITAR PLAYER AND SINGER PAT MCGUIRE
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