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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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Wish they would come back because they were berrer than anyone else in this style
Nothing is better than classic rock!! I like the songs with the keyboard sounds it makes me dream of me as a younger kid walking in the woods during the summer with the Sun shinning on me . I don't know why but I do !! It's also very relaxing and calming to me !!
Sandra Brown . So how did the concert go ?
Even today they rock ! A sound like no other.
I love this song soo much!! It's caught up in you!! I,can this every day and never gets old!! Love the 80's....
Brings me back to a time I loved dancing!!!br i n g i n g DOWN THE HOUSE ������
yeah they left out Max Carl-And Big Dance good stuff
Got to see them with a dear friend at speed street also my sons first concert lol
High school all over again awesome
<3 without a paddle movie cracks me up when this song play's. ..
I wonder if Ronnie and Donnie are related to actor/movie director Gus Van Zant. Lol
El yea licks 38 way
jimdc413
38S had some of the best guitar licks ever! Heard this song at least a thousand times and still crank it.
OMG 38 Special was my first Concert! Great Memories of the 80's!
cheri0803663
<3 them
love 38 special need to hear some almond bros. to
Awesome !!!
This song reminds me of Joe from suoernatural
brdybud100
Partied with these guys in Good Times Cafe Poughkeepsie New York early 80s
sithman_9003 1
Last of the great bands with two drummers.
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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 at least 5 songs in the next 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.
Seen them in panama city florida
Love this song,
Love song
I've seen them in concert twice, so fantastic! Love this!
Hey bobonnit you wouldn't know good music if it hit you. Go back to your beiber or that rap crap.
mlitsceo
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. This is so scary because it actually works
Go f**k yourself b**ches!
Woop woop
Oh my i never knew they sang this song!
My fav 38 Special song!
Love this song , love 38 special takes me back in time good times .
Love 38 Special!
Going to see 38 Special July 4th 2014 in Fayetteville NC !! Can't wait !!!
I had someone but now she's gone
I posted like I was supposed to and the only thin that kissed me was my cat. What do I do now?
Why can't you ???????
38.special august, Lynn auditorium nice way to start the summer
Back in the day omg. !!!!!
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 it this you will die in two days. Now you’ve started reading this so don’t stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works


Everytime I see a picture of these guys it makes me laugh. I can't imagine them singing some of the songs they wrote. I have to keep reminding myself this was the very early 80's, so some groups still had that scruffy bearded long haired 70's look.
Remember the early 80's movie "Spring Break?" This song was featured, and what a cool cult movie it was.
river-p-auct i o n s
Nothing about Teacher Teacher in the bio. Thought that it was one of their better efforts
Did not know about the Van Zant connection. Huh.
This song dedicated to my twin who passed away when I was 16 R I P
generic band. meh.
Why does the bio not mention Max Carl, formerly the lead singer of Jack Mack and the Heart attack?
I heard this song on an episode of the middle which is a show you should check out.
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