38 Special (band)

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This article is about the band. For the cartridge, see .38 Special.
38 Special
Rock band .38 Special in 2010.jpg
38 Special (2010)
Background information
Origin Jacksonville, Florida,
United States
Genres Southern rock, hard rock, country rock, blues rock
Years active 1974–present
Labels A&M
Associated acts Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant, Trace Adkins, Grand Funk Railroad
Website www.38special.com
Members Don Barnes
Danny Chauncey
Bobby Capps
Gary Moffatt
Barry Dunaway
Past members Donnie Van Zant
Jeff Carlisi
Jack Grondin
Steve Brookins
Ken Lyons
Larry Junstrom
Carol Bristow
Dale Krantz
Nancy Henderson
Lu Moss
Steve McRay
Lynn Hineman
Max Carl
Scott Meeder
Scott Hoffman

38 Special (also written .38 Special or Thirty-Eight Special) is an American rock band that was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida.[1]

History[edit]

The band's first two albums had a strong southern rock influence. By the early 1980s, .38 Special shifted to a more accessible arena rock style without abandoning its southern rock roots. This shift helped to usher in a string of successful albums and singles.

Their breakthrough hit was "Hold On Loosely" (1981). "Caught Up in You" (1982) and "If I'd Been the One" (1983) both hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Album Rock Tracks chart. "Back Where You Belong" (1984) continued the annual sequence of radio favorites. In 1985 they had another hit with "Teacher Teacher", written by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. The song climbed to #4 on the Billboard Top Tracks Chart, spending 10 weeks on the chart from the soundtrack of the 1984 film Teachers_(film). "Second Chance" was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's adult contemporary chart in 1989, followed by "The Sound of Your Voice" in 1991 (Billboard Hot 100 #33) from Bone Against Steel and "Fade to Blue" from the album Resolution made it to #33 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1997.

In 2007, 38 Special was the opening act on Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr.'s Rowdy Frynds Tour, and on September 27, 2008, they filmed a CMT Crossroads special with country singer Trace Adkins, performing both artists' hits from over the years. In 2009, 38 Special opened for REO Speedwagon and Styx as part of the "Can't Stop Rockin' Tour."

Members[edit]

As of 2014, the lineup consists of Don Barnes, guitarist Danny Chauncey, keyboardist Bobby Capps, drummer Gary Moffatt, and bassist Barry Dunaway. According to 38 Special's website, Van Zant has not toured with the band since 2012 due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage, although he will write and record with the band. Co-lead vocalist Barnes is now performing most of the vocals at concert appearances. As of 2013, after nearly a year of missing performances, it was confirmed that Donnie Van Zant has officially left 38 Special after 39 years, and is retiring from music. In 2014, longtime bassist Larry Junstrom was replaced by Barry Dunaway. Dunaway has filled in for Junstrom for a handful of shows in 2011, and a few shows in 2013 as well. Junstrom was forced to retire due to a hand injury, that required surgery. This leaves only Don Barnes as an original member, although Barnes was absent from the band from 1987 until 1992.

Current
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica (1974–1987, 1992–present)
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals (1987–present)
  • Bobby Capps – keyboards, vocals (1991–present)
  • Gary "Madman" Moffatt (formerly of Cactus) – drums, percussion (1997–present)
  • Barry Dunaway – bass (2011, 2013, 2014–present)
Former
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar (1974–2013)
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar (1974–1996)
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion (1974–1991)
  • Steve Brookins – drums, percussion (1974–1987)
  • Ken Lyons – bass (1974–1977)
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar (1977–2014)
  • Carol Bristow – backing vocals (1977–1987)
  • Dale Krantz Rossington – backing vocals (1977–1979)
  • Nancy Henderson – backing vocals (1979–1980)
  • Lu Moss – backing vocals (1981–1984)
  • Lynn Hineman – backing vocals (1986–1987)
  • Steve McRay – keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals (1986–1987)
  • Max Carl – lead vocals, keyboards (1987–1992)
  • Scott Meeder – drums, percussion (1991–1992)
  • Scott Hoffman – drums, percussion (1992–1997)
Former touring
  • Donny Baldwin – drums, percussion (1996; substitute for Scott Hoffman)
Recording
  • Greg Morrow – drums on Resolution (1996–1997)

Lineups[edit]

1974–1977 1977–1980 1980–1981 1981–1984
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Steve Brookins – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Ken Lyons – bass
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Steve Brookins – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow – backing vocals
  • Dale Krantz – backing vocals
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Ed VanGetson – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow – backing vocals
  • Nancy Henderson – backing vocals
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Steve Brookins – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow – backing vocals
  • Lu Moss – backing vocals
1984–1986 1986–1987 1987–1991 1991–1992
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Steve Brookins – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow – backing vocals
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Steve Brookins – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow – backing vocals
  • Lynn Hineman – backing vocals
  • Steve McRay – keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Jack Grondin – drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Max Carl – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps – keyboards, vocals
  • Scott Meeder – drums, percussion
1992–1997 1997–2013 2013–2014 2014–present
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Jeff Carlisi – guitar
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps – keyboards, vocals
  • Scott Hoffman – drums, percussion
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals, guitar
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps – keyboards, vocals
  • Gary Moffatt – drums, percussion
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Larry Junstrom – bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps – keyboards, vocals
  • Gary Moffatt – drums, percussion
  • Don Barnes – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Danny Chauncey – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps – keyboards, vocals
  • Gary Moffatt – drums, percussion
  • Barry Dunaway – bass

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ".38 Special". VH1; 2007 All Media Guide, LLC; Portions of content provided by All Music Guide, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. 2007. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

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