38 Special (band)
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38 Special (2010)
|Genres||Southern rock, hard rock, country rock, blues rock|
|Associated acts||Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant, Trace Adkins, Grand Funk Railroad|
|Past members||Donnie Van Zant
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. 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. "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."
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.
- 38 Special (1977)
- Special Delivery (1978)
- Rockin' into the Night (1980)
- Wild-Eyed Southern Boys (1981)
- Special Forces (1982)
- Tour de Force (1984)
- Strength in Numbers (1986)
- Rock & Roll Strategy (1988)
- Bone Against Steel (1991)
- Resolution (1997)
- A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night (2001)
- Drivetrain (2004)
- 38 Special Live From Texas (2011)
- ".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.