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38 Special is an American band. Formed by vocalist Donnie Van Zant in 1975 in Jacksonville, Florida, the band initially had a straight-ahead sound, much like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band of his older brother Ronnie. By the early 19, the band began incorporating elements of , , and into their sound, kicking off a string of successful albums and singles.

Among 38 Special’s best-known songs are “Caught Up in You” (1982) and “If I’d Been the One” (1983), both of which hit #1 on Billboard magazine’s album rock chart, as well as “Second Chance” (1989), a #1 hit on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. According to Songfacts, it was the biggest Adult Contemporary hit of 1989. Other popular singles include “Hold on Loosely” (1981), “Fantasy Girl” (1981), “Back Where You Belong” (1984), and “Somebody Like You” (1986). These and other tracks are often played on classic rock radio stations.

After achieving three platinum albums and one gold album in the , their popularity waned over the — although their 1997 single “Fade to Blue” hit #37 on the mainstream rock chart. More recently, the group’s music came back into prominence after being featured in the 2001 cult classic comedy film ‘Super Troopers’, with songs such as “Trooper With an Attitude”. They continue to tour to audiences in the American south and beyond.


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