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38 Special - Second Chance (1989)

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"Second Chance" is a song by American rock band 38 Special, from their eighth studio album, 1988's Rock & Roll Strategy. ...

"Second Chance" is a song by American rock band 38 Special, from their eighth studio album, 1988's Rock & Roll Strategy. Written by keyboardist Max Carl, guitarist Jeff Carlisi and Cal Curtis, the rock ballad was released as the album's second single in 1989 and became the band's highest-charting song in the United States. Max Carl sang lead vocals on this song.

Release and reception

"Second Chance" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 78 in February 1989. The song was the highest-charting Hot 100 single of the band's career, as it peaked at #6 in May 1989 and spent 21 weeks on the chart. The song reached #5 on the Singles Sales chart and #9 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. It also peaked at #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and became the band's first #1 single on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was Billboard magazine's "Adult Contemporary Song of the Year" for 1989. The single peaked at #2 in Canada and #14 in Australia, where it spent 12 weeks on the chart.

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."

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