.38 Special

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Hold On Loosely (1981)
Caught Up In You (1982)

.38 Special @ Wikipedia

.38 Special Videos

Will .38 Special be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


30 comments so far (post your own)

Figuring hometown resident Slim Whitman probably won't get inducted, Jacksonville is desperate for some kind of culture...

Do it in pity for Jacksonville.

Posted by Moni3 on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 10:33am

If there was ever a Southern rock band who deserved to get in, it's .38 Special.

Posted by Creepozoid on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 07:17am

"Hold On Loosely", "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys", "Caught Up On You", "Back Were You Belong", etc.., deserves to be in by now, let's see now, 1979-2008, you'll do the math, Hall.

Posted by Frank on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 10:02am

Guitarist Donnie Van Zant is the brother of Ronny & Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd. After the LS plane crash, Donnie kept the Van Zant musical legacy going until Skynyrd reformed in the late '80s

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 14:01pm

All time classic songs!

Posted by Mari on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 19:13pm

Better than Skynyrd and any other of the genre termed southern rock. 38 Special rules.

Posted by skull on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 21:27pm

It's a travesty that .38 Special is not in the hall of fame. Until they are inducted, I consider the hall to be a farce.

Posted by Justin Case on Thursday, 09.11.08 @ 09:20am

Best southern band!

Posted by Roger on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 19:18pm

I don't know about them being Hall of Fame worthy but they gave the Southern rock genre some much needed mainstream credibility. It's much harder to dismiss "Caught Up In You" as redneck music than Skynard's stuff

Posted by Randy on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 10:40am

"Better than Skynyrd and any other of the genre termed southern rock. 38 Special rules." Granted, I've only heard a few radio hits, but to call them better than Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers is stupid. However, they might have some Impact in terms of keeping mainstream interest in Southern rock going, so I'll say maybe.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 20:15pm

38 Special RRHoF bound. No doubt they should be there!!

Posted by Rick on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 20:58pm

I'm going to need for you to give an informed reason as to "why" they should be inducted...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 21:05pm

I don't know about them being Hall of Fame worthy but they gave the Southern rock genre some much needed mainstream credibility. It's much harder to dismiss "Caught Up In You" as redneck music than Skynard's stuff

Posted by Randy on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 10:40am

Mainstream credibility??? I think Free Bird and Whipping Post took care of that...

Harder to dismiss as redneck than "Skynard's" stuff??? You can't even spell the name, therefore you obviously wouldn't know whether Skynyrd is redneck or not. How about you quit getting your opinions from other dumbasses and find an opinion of your own...

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 03.10.10 @ 14:30pm

"Mainstream credibility??? I think Free Bird and Whipping Post took care of that..." Chris

True, and I retract part of my original post, the part about them keeping mainstream interest in Southern rock in the 80's, as ZZ Top took care of that.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.10.10 @ 19:22pm

Good Southern Rock, but is it Great Southern Rock? Ranked #382 on notinhalloffame.com and #384 on rateitall.com, which shows that there is a lot of opinion that this was just a good band. Nothing wrong with being a good band, but a Hall of Fame band? Gonna agree with the masses on this one.


Posted by The_Avenger on Tuesday, 03.23.10 @ 00:06am

Was this a Supergroup? Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and who else?

The only songs I know:

Hold On Loosely * Caught Up In You * Second Chance

Whose the singer that sang lead on the 1989 hit Second Chance?

Posted by Xdc1 on Tuesday, 04.12.11 @ 14:49pm

/38 Special is not a supergroup. The Skynyrd connection is Donnie Van Zant, who is the brother of the late great Ronnie Van Zant and Johnny Van Zant, the current singer for Skynyrd. Donnie and Johnny have recorded an album together as a duo titled "Van Zant" Max Carl is the lead singer on "Second Chance."

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 04.12.11 @ 22:11pm


Max Carl was also the lead singer of Jack Mack and the Heart Attack before joining .38 Special. They are best remembered for the song "I'm Gonna Be Somebody" that played at the end of the first Police Academy movie.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 23:14pm

First southern band to grab my attention with Rockin Into The Night. Later became a big Blackfoot fan, but two different styles. I still, to this day, regard them as one of the most talented bands in terms of vocals and playing ability. Saw them lthive and, along wiIith Great White, they were the best live act ive seen. A couple more rockers and they might have had a chance.

Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 20:32pm

If you never saw them live, you have no idea. More energy, raw power and stage professionalism than most I've seen. As an opening/support act, I have personally seen them blow acts like Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Bad Company, Kansas,Rossington Collins, Jefferson Airplane, Blackmore's Rainbow, BOC, and many others completely off the stage. As a headliner in the '80's, they were incomparable, and are STILL out there kickin' major ass to this day. If 38 Special has not been a major influence in rock n roll over the last 38 years, I don't know who has.

Posted by Larry Steele on Saturday, 01.28.12 @ 12:07pm

Super talented band. Great vocals and guitars. Rockin Into The Night is such a great straight ahead rocker. I think they helped southern rock become more mainstream. Problem is they became more pop then rock later in their career. Great live act, complete with two drummers.

Posted by Warrior on Saturday, 04.14.12 @ 14:06pm

i have all their cd's and have seen them many times. alot of the non airtime songs are awesome. they should of been in the r&r hall of fame in 2007. they are a rock and roll band!

Posted by Tilly Bob on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 03:31am

38 Special DESERVES to be in the R&RHOF!!

Posted by Greg on Tuesday, 09.11.12 @ 12:10pm


Posted by WTF on Tuesday, 09.11.12 @ 13:58pm

Go see 38 Special in concert today and you will know first hand why they belong in the Hall of Fame. After all these years they still put on a fantastic show. In a world of musical acts using gimmicks and auto-tune, Don Barnes and his guys get out there an play their hearts out for any venue. Their music resonates in the hearts and minds of those who know their hits, and it is interesting to watch the youger people in the crowd repeatedly go "Hey...I know this. They did this song too?!". In addition to Hold On Loosely and Caught Up In You, don't forget Fantasy Girl, If I'd Been The One, Rocking Into The Night, Back Where You Belong, Second Chance, and others. YouTube has their 99 concert at Sturgis - crowds still love them.

Posted by MJ on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 13:10pm

38 Special has made outstanding songs over 40 yrs. I always enjoyed Mr.Barnes singing voice. You never hear him mentioned as 1 of the great rock singers. A shame. Hold On Loosely,Caught Up In You, Second Chance,Teacher Teacher etc. were fantastic hits.

I can't understand why 38 Special didn't become mega stars . They had an amazing sound Southern Rock & most people in the rock circle give 38 Special high marks for musicianship & entertainment.

Right now,I think 38 Special will not make RRHOF due to the backlog of bands trying to get in:Deep Purple,Chicago,Scorpions,Def Leppard,Bon Jovi ,etc. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 01.28.14 @ 15:42pm

Talent wise they had it all-every instrument maxed out with a superb musician and man could Barnes sing. I thought they were more talented in terms of playing and singing than all the other southern bands. Rockin into the Night has to be one of the best straight ahead rockers to drive to. When Wild eyed southern boys came out they got big with Hold on Loosely and Fantasy Girl. Thought they lost their edge alittle after that while still releasing really good songs. Great live act but no to Rock Hof.

Posted by Rock Authority on Thursday, 08.28.14 @ 22:33pm

They deserve it more than than, blonde,more hits better music and the most fan friendly band ever..

Posted by James Moore on Sunday, 05.7.17 @ 05:43am

38 Special Should have been elected into RNR HOF back in 2002! Why is the talentless Nirvana and Rappers in the RNR HOF ? Dave Ghohl only one with Talent and Should be in with his accomplishments not that turd Curt Cobain!We also have a Pedefile in M.J. and everyone is ok with that ? If 38 Special doesn't get in the RNR HOF truly is a Joke and should not be an honor to get into. It is Called The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not the Rap HOF or Hip Hop HOF or Big Band HOF ! Only Rock Bands/Blues Rock Bands and Hard Rock and Metal and Punk I guess but not Rap !!!!

Posted by Redrocker on Thursday, 08.17.17 @ 21:53pm

Absolutely they belong!

Posted by Chris on Thursday, 12.28.17 @ 21:59pm

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