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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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  • ChristFollower3

    “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” -1 John 5:10

    1 Jul 3:28am Reply
  • SSBN623

    this is the studio . . . when .38 spec. swore they would there early

    29 May 7:16pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów .38 Special

    30 Apr 6:10pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    anyone that don't learn from history . . . might think a zebra changes stripes. DR. PHD from XYZ

    17 Apr 7:28pm Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Had read recently on a Wiki update that Donnie Van Zant officially left 38 Special and retired from music due to health reasons. Tail end of 2013 I assume. Almost 40 yrs with same band, what a R&R warrior! Good luck the rest of the way Donnie.

    16 Apr 9:36pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    see the crates they ain't fake

    5 Mar 5:44pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    bye the way how many of you helped in my studio . . .

    13 Feb 8:10pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    jim simon here, i wrote this song as a goodbye to her and youall one of you f'ed one of my most reliable backup musicians and singers . . . she is culpable so she is gone and so are you

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CarlaSitt

    Second Chance. ♥

    9 Nov 2014 Reply

    Spank! :- )

    7 May 2014 Reply

    SPANK! Wild Eyed Boys!

    24 Jan 2014 Reply

    Well, My mind goes back to a Guy that I did love and I learned that as we grow up: Let stuff go. It was meant to be!

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ivor138

    well that's what I'm talkin' about!

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Get well Donnie Van Zant and back on the road.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • I_am_your_world

    Second Chance ^^__^^

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • r1ckyri

    excelente banda, mi cancion favorita es second chance

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Rock University: 60 years of Rock Music

    24 May 2013 Reply
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  • jazzthieve

    Spotify Playlist: Classic Rock

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FCA19795

    Ohhh so this is who sings "If I'd Been the One." I like that 80's song. No idea that sung that as well as "Caught Up in You".

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
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