38 Special

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07
Oct

RIP LARRY JUNSTROM (38 Special) and GINGER BAKER

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This weekend saw the passing of drum legend GINGER BAKER, which has gained the most attention in the media. RIP Ginger. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/06/ginger-baker-wild-and-brilliant-cream-drummer-dies-aged-80
 
But there has been another sad loss for the melodic world – long time 38 Special bassist LARRY “L.J.” JUNSTROM.
 
The band posted this tribute:
 
“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us.
He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream.
He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high - a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him.
 
We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We will miss our friend and partner.
Larry “L.J.” Junstrom
1949 – 2019.”
 
Longtime 38 Special band collaborator Jim Peterik also left a heartfelt message:
 
“The rock world lost a giant with the passing of Larry "LJ" Jungstrom, the original and long standing bass man of 38 Special. Larry added his bass signature to their amazing song catalogue in the 80's including all their biggest hits.
 
He had a style that added that authentic Southern swagger to every track. As the co-writer of many of their hits in the early 80's I would always look forward to hearing the final recording once it was finished. I especially loved LJ's “walking” bass at the outro to "Hold On Loosely." He didn’t much care if the technique was in or out of style- as long as it felt right.
 
His Southern wisdom was priceless.
 
“Jim, I just don’t get that one line you wrote in "Fantasy Girl" -- what’s a "Mind’s Eye" anyway? Is that like a brain’s eye?" I had to chuckle. Was he putting me on? Guess I’ll never know. But LJ was a classic and the bass foundation of the 38 Special sound. He will be missed by all that knew him, personally and through his music.
 
Jim Peterik.”
 
RIP Larry.
 
Wed
23
Jan

38 SPECIAL Guitarist DANNY CHAUNCEY Departs Band, Replaced by JERRY RIGGS

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38 SPECIAL guitarist DANNY CHAUNCEY has decided to leave the band citing the desire to leave the rigors of touring behind him.
 
In his place, another familiar name – JERRY RIGGS (of “Riggs” fame).
Here’s what the band had to say:
 
“Happy New Year and welcome to 38 Special in 2019!
As Danny Chauncey has decided to depart from the rigors of road life, we wish him well and thank him for all of his years of dedication. Right now we’re excited to introduce to you our newest member, one of the true southern rock kings, Jerry Riggs!
Jerry has been an old friend of the band for many years and comes with an impressive pedigree as a titan in the industry, a virtuoso guitarist and vocalist with a long history as a recording artist and bandleader in his own right.
 
Completing the team is keyboardist/vocalist BOBBY CAPPS, drummer GARY MOFFATT, bassist BARRY DUNAWAY.
 
Don Barnes has updated the band’s FB with this comment: “We have just updated our site with quite a few newly booked shows. MANY more dates will be added in the next few days so check back often to see if we will be playing near you. We are VERY excited about the addition of guitarist/vocalist Jerry Riggs to the band. See you on the road!!”

 

 
Mon
05
Jan

38 SPECIAL Founding Members Jeff Carlisi, Donnie Van Zant Take Aim on '80s Best

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Monday, January 5, 2015
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38 Special Founding Members Jeff Carlisi, Donnie Van Zant Take Aim on '80s Best

Dallas, TX - January 2, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio program and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands  heads south to get the 38 Special story from founding members Jeff Carlisi and Donnie Van Zant on the 35th anniversary of their breakthrough album Rockin' Into The Night.

Hailing from the Southern Rock capital of the world, Jacksonville, Florida, and with the connection to Ronnie Van Zant of Southern Rock royalty Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special found themselves in an advantageous position.  But after two albums, not much had materialized until the release of 1980's breakthrough Rockin' Into The Night and the platinum follow-ups, 1981's Wild-Eyed Southern Boys and 1982's Special Forces.  

Jeff Carlisi shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how 38 Special drew a bead on the musical bullseye and came into their own with hits including 'Rockin' Into the Night','Hold On Loosely','Fantasy Girl', and 'Caught Up in You'.
                                            
'38 Special found a bit of a focus with the third album Rockin' Into The Night and then Wild-Eyed Southern Boys , which was the first platinum record for the band. We had finally developed a style of music that was not typically Southern in the sense of three chord shuffles or those type of things, but it was the attitude, the way Southern musicians approached there music.' - Jeff Carlisi

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