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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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Jammin on pantera like to hear more
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So caught up! !
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dllavelle
relatable
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Senior year in high school. Lots of memories. Some of the greatest years of my life. Keep on rocking.
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I was and still am Caught Up by The Pretty Lady.
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gypsyme3
JUST WANT ... One one one chance
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I wouldn't change anything about this song I absolutely love it!
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This little girl likes this song. One time, A stranger, told me, I was the one.
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bighook24
Awesome band... These guys saved me from disco , thank you so very much. Disco still SUCKS!!!.
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Great band. Saw them on Tour de Force tour in Nashville TN. Excellent show.
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Hey from the 80s chic title get it right and get it tight! !!!!!!!!!!
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Chain lightnin what an awesome song
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Great song. Reminds me of my SR year of high school. Great Times
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Brings back lots of good memories lots
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Keep On Runnin' keep on runnin' away....
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stormannorma n 6 8 0
back in the day don't remember clearly apx the 80 but Nugent open for 38 and holy @$&*(^$## that was grrreat
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susanswray
DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS.
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drmforensic
What's up with that VanZant family, was it in the water at their house? Lots of talent.
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kenolargo
Love this song !
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msr0499
Classic
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Great song to roll down the windows and drive 55. Yeah right!
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Saw them New Years Eve in 82 ,Memphis,Tn. .Probably the best show musically ive ever seen.
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Brings back great memories
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Boom
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This is one of the all time classic bands. Never get tired of hearing them. Actually saw them live. Great.
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Music is the fabric of your life, 38 Special was a huge part of that for me They just ROCK!
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I want the words!!
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So awesome mate's good song
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All time favorites!
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Awesome southern rock....����
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Chained Lighting live was damn near a religious experience!
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good southern rock!
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captainjackn x 0 1
Very groovy
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Dustin might as well go .357 Magnum!! Go for it
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♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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I wanna start a 38 spl tribute band, these guys rock! Maybe 357 Special?
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In this age of racial/ethni c brouhaha, I'm gonna say it loud & proud: this African-Amer i c a n Diva �� this song AND this band!
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This song gives me that warm tingly feeling ❤
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Brings back so many wonderful memories with my first & probably my only love. Love this song!!
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Hang on loosely, but don't let go....hmmmm? ?
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How can I listen to this when there's gg allin?
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there still the best.
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saw 38 at the fair around 13 years ago. It was a dream come true, to able to see them and they didn't disappoint . They rocked for three hours and the whole time i couldn't believe that i was actually seeing them in person.I have seen some of the best , but I will never forget how they had rocked that night.
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Spring break the movie
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I love the song
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Awsome alblummmmm
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Flashing back to making out in the car on a summer night in the early 80's every time I hear something from Wild -Eyed Southern Boys...
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Used to sing this to my girlfriend. Wow the memories...
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I love this song!!!!
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