Monday, August 26, 2013

"Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special

Song#:  0512
Date:  02/28/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  27
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Arena Rock, Southern Rock

Pop Bits:  The success of their album and single "Rockin' Into the Night" set the stage for their next LP "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys." This lead single got them their first Top 40 hit and it has been a rock radio staple since. The song help the album become the band's first platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  Now this is Southern rock I can get into. But really, this sounds closer to pop/rock and it is a very well-written song. As much as this was played on our local radio, I would have though this to at least be a Top 20 song. Regardless, the tune has certainly outlived its chart performance. And deservedly so.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Jim Peterik co-wrote this song in addition to others for 38 Special. At the time, Peterik was trying to make inroads with his own band - Survivor. Soon, that group would have a major #1 hit sung and written by Peterik.


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