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Musicians
    (1975- )
    Formed in Jacksonville, Florida
    Original line-up:
    Donnie Van Zant (vocals)
    Jeff Carlisi (guitar)
    Don Barnes (guitar, vocals)
    Ken Lyons (bass)
    Jack Grondin (drums)
    Steve Brookins (drums)
    Recorded 'Rockin' into the Night,' 'Hold on Loosely,' 'Wild-Eyed Southern Boys,' 'Fantasy Girl,' 'Caught Up in You,' 'Chain Lightnin',' 'You Keep Runnin' Away,' 'Rough-Housin',' 'Stone Cold Believer,' 'Twentieth Century Fox,' 'If I'd Been the One,' 'Back Where You Belong,' 'Teacher, Teacher,' 'Somebody Like You,' 'Like No Other Night,' 'Back to Paradise,' 'Second Chance' and Take Me Back'
    They have gone by both .38 Special (with) and 38 Special (without the period).
    Barnes quit the band in 1987, only to return in 1991.
    Though touted as a Southern rock band, there biggest hit was 'Second Chance' in 1989 and was labeled the dreaded 'adult contemporary-oriented ballad.'
    Though they still tour and released a new album in 2004, their act is part of the 'oldies circuit' and mainly limited to fairs, fests and casinos.
    Lead singer Donnie Van Zant is the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant, the late lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and his replacement, brother Johnny.
    They wrote and recorded the title track for the Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams movie 'Teachers' (1984).
    Once Brookins left in 1987 they never felt the need (rightfully so) to have two drummers in their line-up again.
    To their credit, they have multi-platinum records, a string of top 40 hits and over 15 million records sold.

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