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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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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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sexyladies19 6 9 6 9
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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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higginslady
❤️❤️❤️ 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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partygirls12 0
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Somebody like you ;-)
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Beautiful song ,sometimes second chances are ok depending on that guy.
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ralphburton1
Still touring, saw them last month in Portland Oregon and they sounded great!
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Great show in Williamsport , PA this past Saturday night!
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Brings back great memories of how lucky I was. The musical choices from the early 70's til the late 80's.Try to find a better array. Thanks 38, for da memories!
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❤❤❤❤ love this song so much.But it reminds me of the movie without a paddle
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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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banjominer
opened for these guys for almost a year in 90/91..best group of guys i have ever met.
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torres_dom
I guess we can all say kick a** memories and party's
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michaelrocks 6 8
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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