.38 Special Artist Bio and Lyrics
The 80's southern rock band 38 Special was formed by singer Donnie Van Zant (brother of Lynrd Skynrd frontman Ronnie)in Jacksonville, Florida in 1975. Thirty Eight Special initially had a straight ahead southern rock sound, much like the band of Donnie’s brother, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
During the early 1980s, the band 38 Special began to combine elements of blues and arena rock into their southern rock sound. This unique musical combination led to a string of hit song singles throughout the decade of the 80's.
The band .38 Special's best-known songs are the #1 billboard hits "Caught Up in You" released in 1982, "If I'd Been the One" released in 1983 and 1989's "Second Chance." "Hold On Loosely" in 1981 and "Back Where You Belong" from 1984 were both pop rock radio hits for the band.
In the year 2006, Thirty Eight Special was voted the 3rd best Southern Rock Band of All Time by the listeners of Birmingham based radio station 105.3 FM, right behind The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Thirty Eight Special’s current line up consists of Van Zant, singer Don Barnes, Danny Chauncey, Larry Junstrom, Bobby Capps, and Gary Moffatt on drums.
The albums of Thirty Eight Special include .38 Special, Special Delivery, Wild Eyed & Live, Rockin’ Into the Night, Wild Eyed Southern Boys, Special Forces, Tour de Force, Strength in Numbers, Flackback: The Best of .38 Special, Rock and Roll Strategy, Bone Against Steel, Resolution, Live at Sturgis, 20th Century Masters – the Millennium Collection: The Best of 38 Special, Anthology, A Wild Eyed Christmas Night, The Very Best of the A&M Years (1977-1988), and 2004’s Drivetrain.
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A longtime devoted fan
I have loved your music since I was thirteen years old. I am now thirty-eight years old and a mother of two beautiful,very intelligent daughters. I have grown up to this great southern music here in Arkansas. I've seen you in concert twice. It brings back such memories of my youth when I listen to your music.It takes me back in time and for each song, I have another life lesson to share with my daughter's.I can still recall what issues were going on in my life when those particular songs came out.Now I jam for Jesus and rock the house at church.I still listen to 38 Special though. I thank God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and I thank God for 38 Special. There is a special place in my heart for ya'll.Remember to ALWAYS put God first & you'll always come out fine in any situation. With Christian love, Jenny
#1 - Jenny Wallin - 11/21/2007 - 05:16
Help! This has been driving me crazy... The song (I don't even know the actual name) Paradise what movie soundtrack is it on?
#2 - Ginger - 05/13/2008 - 10:29
back where you belong
hard to find in the market
#3 - marty - 07/01/2008 - 00:49
I have question
They did a song for a movie with Ralph Machio in it. I thought the song was Teacher Teacher
#4 - DrkLady Thunder - 08/07/2008 - 13:17
seen 38 special downtown/mainstreet in savannah,tn last night..benifit concert for the daryl worley/tn river run festival/cancer research...the band sounded as good as ever...randy
#5 - randy - 09/13/2008 - 17:32
The greateatest Southern Rock Band Ever.
Thanks For all the years you gave to all of us real loyal fans. I done a lot of concerts tours for road show. It would of been a real honor to have done your. Frank
#6 - Frank Hoage - 01/01/2009 - 11:55
went to concert at bill clinton presidential library at little rock, the band sounded as good as they sounded 20 years ago. 38 special has that good ol sound of southern rock. i have followed 38 special for 25 years, and hope to follow you for 25 more. the drummer is one of the best i have ever heard, barnes just kicks ass. and donnie carrys on the family tradition like always.
#7 - tree - 03/14/2009 - 16:32
in case she hasnt remembered yet the song..back to paradise...was the the opening song of ...revenge of the nerds 2.
#8 - gary garner - 05/21/2009 - 21:43
I have looked everywhere today to find out where the band came up with the name. I can't find a thing out there. It really is bugging me now, as I want to answer this question for someone one www.blurtit.com. It's an ask and answer site. I would greatly appreciate your help here. Thanks. Tigg
#9 - Tiggersmom - 11/17/2009 - 15:29
38 Special got their name from a bar they played at on Hwy. 38 in Jacksonville Florida. It was the first gig the Band leader Donnie VanZant booked when they were first starting out back in 1979 under the name, Sunshine State Band . While brainstorming for a better name for the band, he said that first gig was so special that he decided to re-name the band 38 Special.
#10 - Charlie - 11/17/2009 - 19:03
The answer by Charlie is not correct Tigg. They actually got their name because the police came bursting into the garage where they were rehearsing with their guns drawn. The police were armed with 38 caliper guns.
#11 - Tam - 11/17/2009 - 19:49
YOou guys kick ass. I've seen you at least 25 times, and every time the show is KILLER. Donnie, I'm the old guy you threw the towel to at the end of the Strugis show this year. You guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#12 - Terry Flewelling - 09/28/2010 - 01:59
38 special rocks!!
went to see 38 special in tulsa in october did the meet and greet stood next to donnie awesome awesome concert !!!!!!....
#13 - tammy - 10/26/2010 - 00:40
What if I'd Been the One to Say Good-Bye?
Who is the gorgeous red-head in this video? I have seen her in only a couple of other things and can't find her name.
#14 - Arthur Weissinger - 04/04/2011 - 16:50
So what can I say about a band that brings out a lot of extraordinary memories!!!!!
#15 - angie - 07/28/2011 - 23:47
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