Don Barnes

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Don Barnes
Don Barnes with 38 Special on June 12, 2008 in Hankinson, ND
Background information
Birth name Don Barnes
Born (1952-12-03) December 3, 1952 (age 64)
Genres Southern rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, guitarist, musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, mandolin, slide guitar
Years active 1974–present
Associated acts 38 Special

Richard Donald "Don" Barnes (born December 3, 1952) is an American rock vocalist and guitarist. He is one of the founding members of the Southern rock band 38 Special. Barnes performed lead vocals on many of the group's biggest hits, including "Rockin' into the Night," "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up in You," "If I'd Been the One," "Back Where You Belong," "Like No Other Night," and more.

Barnes left the band in 1987, with the song "Back to Paradise" (from the movie Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise) being his final hit with the band. He was replaced by Max Carl.

Barnes recorded a solo album Ride the Storm in 1989, but it was never released due to the record label (A&M Records) being sold. It featured many of the top session musicians of the time, such as Jeff Porcaro and Dann Huff. The album was co-produced by singer-songwriter Martin Briley.[citation needed] Barnes rejoined 38 Special in 1992 and has remained with them ever since.

Solo Discography[edit]


  • Ride the Storm (1989) (unreleased)


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