Second Chance – 38 Special

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on March 11th of 1989, 38 Special’s biggest hit, “Second Chance”, from their eighth studio album 1988’s Rock & Roll Strategy, enters the Billboard charts where it will reach #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. The Jacksonville, Florida based band featured Donny Van Zant on vocals, his older brother Ronnie was the original lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Don Barnes on guitar. The band’s guitarist Jeff Carlisi wrote it with the Los Angeles songwriter Cal Curtis, and it was originally titled “I Never Wanted Anyone Else But You. Max Carl sang lead on this track. Along with Donnie Van Zant, he handled some of the vocals during his stay with .38 Special, which lasted 1988-1992. This was the biggest chart hit for .38 Special, and while it didn’t have the Classic Rock staying power of their songs like “Caught Up In You” and “Hold On Loosely,” it was the biggest Adult Contemporary hit of 1989, and when Billboard published their list of the top AC songs of all time in 2011, this came in at #24. Despite “Second Chance”‘s affording 38 Special an apparent breakthrough hit, it was not enough to improve the lackluster sales of Rock & Roll Strategy and A&M Records did not renew the band’s contract. The group’s next album, Bone Against Steel, was released on Charisma Records in 1991. Although “Second Chance” would remain 38 Special’s career record, Carlisi stated in 2009: “To this day when the name 38 Special comes up nobody says ‘Second Chance’! It was our biggest hit but people always think of ‘Hold On Loosely’ or ‘Caught Up in You’ first.” The song was not released as a single in the UK.