“Hold On Loosely” is a 1981 rock song by 38 Special and the first song to appear on their 4th studio album Wild-Eyed Southern Boys in 1981. It is the first single from the album, and made it to #3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song also later appeared on their 1987 album Flashback: The Best of 38 Special and their 1999 album Live at Sturgis. It is also notable for having been the 13th music video to be played on the first day that MTV aired in 1981.
This song is playable in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s It is also available as a playable download track in Rock Band 3.
This song appeared as a B side to “Back to Paradise,” which was the theme song to the 1987 film Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.
The song also appeared in the 2004 film, Without a Paddle, starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard.
The song was made available to download on November 30, 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which allows use of a real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.
The song can be heard playing in the background during a bar scene in Season 1, Episode 6 (“Five-O”) of the AMC television series Better Call Saul
38 Special (band)
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 in Jacksonville, Florida
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” (1984) 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 from the soundtrack of the 1984 film Teachers. “Second Chance” was a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s 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 2014, the lineup consists of Don Barnes, guitarist Danny Chauncey, keyboardist Bobby Capps, drummer Gary Moffatt, and bassist Barry Dunaway. In 2012 a notice was posted on 38 Special’s website saying Van Zant would not tour with the band due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage, although he would continue to write and record with the band. In 2013, after nearly a year of missing performances, it was confirmed that Donnie Van Zant had officially left 38 Special after 39 years, and was retiring from music. In 2014, longtime bassist Larry Junstrom was replaced by Barry Dunaway. Dunaway has filled in for Junstrom for a handful of shows in 2011, and a few shows in 2013 as well. Junstrom was forced to retire due to a hand injury, that required surgery. This leaves only Don Barnes as an original member, although Barnes was absent from the band from 1987 until 1992.