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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 inJacksonville, Florida.[1] 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. "Second Chance" was a No. 1 hit on Billboard'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 2011, the lineup consists of Don BarnesDonnie Van Zant, guitarist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry Junstrom, keyboardist Bobby Capps and drummer Gary Moffatt. 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

Personnel[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Members[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Current members
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica (1974–1987, 1992–present)
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar (1977–present)
  • Danny Chauncey - guitars, backing vocals (1987–present)
  • Bobby Capps - vocals, keyboards (1991–present)
  • Gary Moffatt - drums, percussion (1997–present)
Former members
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars (1974-1996)
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion (1974-1991)
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion (1974–1987)
  • Ken Lyons - bass (1974–1977)
  • Carol Bristow - backing vocals (1977-1987)
  • Dale Krantz - backing vocals (1977-1980)
  • Nancy Henderson - backing vocals (1980-1981)
  • Lu Moss - backing vocals (1981-1984)
  • Lynn Hineman - backing vocals (1986-1987)
  • Steve McRay - keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals (1986-1987)
  • Max Carl - vocals, keyboards (1987–1991)
  • Scott Meeder - drums, percussion (1991-1992)
  • Scott Hoffman - drums, percussion (1992–1997)
  • Donnie Van Zant-vocals, guitar (1974-1993)
Substitute musicians
  • Donny Baldwin - drums, percussion (1996; substitute for Scott Hoffman)

Lineups[edit source | editbeta]Edit

1974-1977 1977-1980 1980-1981 1981-1984
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion
  • Ken Lyons - bass
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow - backing vocals
  • Dale Krantz - backing vocals
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow - backing vocals
  • Nancy Henderson - backing vocals
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow - backing vocals
  • Lu Moss - backing vocals
1984-1986 1986-1987 1987-1991 1991-1992
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Carol Bristow - backing vocals
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Steve Brookins - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • 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 - vocals, guitars
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Jack Grondin - drums, percussion
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Max Carl - vocals, keyboards
  • Danny Chauncey - guitars, backing vocals
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey - guitars, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps - vocals, keyboards
  • Scott Meeder - drums, percussion
1992-1997 1997-Present
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitars
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey - guitars, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps - vocals, keyboards
  • Scott Hoffman - drums, percussion
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals, guitars (not touring with the band for health reasons)
  • Larry Junstrom - bass, guitar
  • Danny Chauncey - guitars, backing vocals
  • Bobby Capps - vocals, keyboards
  • Don Barnes - vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica
  • Gary Moffatt - drums, percussion

Discography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Main article: 38 Special discography*38 Special (1977)

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