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B.W. Stevenson ( - ), born Lewis Charles Stevenson, was an American country pop artist, working in a genre now called progressive country. "B.W." stood for "Buckwheat." Stevenson is most famous for his song "My Maria", co-written with Daniel Moore.

He was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended W.H. Adamson High School with such other future noted musicians as Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Larry Groce.

As recorded by Stevenson, "My Maria" became a smash hit, reaching #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1973. The tune was covered much later by the country duo Brooks & Dunn, for whom it was a three-week #1 country hit in mid 1996. Stevenson had several other successful chart singles, including "A Little Bit of Understanding" and the original version of Daniel Moore's "Shambala", which, in a cover version by Three Dog Night, reached #3. However, Stevenson never again regained the success he had with the release of "My Maria".

Author Jan Reid devotes a chapter to Stevenson in his book The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, dubbing him "The Voice".

Stevenson died undergoing heart valve surgery at the age of 38. Since his death, Poor David's Pub in Dallas has held an annual songwriting competition in his memory.


1970 Rainbow Down the Road
1972 B.W. Stevenson
1972 Lead Free
1973 My Maria
1973 Pass This Way
1974 Calabasas
1975 We Be Sailin'
1977 Lost Feeling
1977 The Best of B.W. Stevenson
1980 Lifeline


Larry Carlton: guitar
Layton DePenning: guitar
Jim Gordon: drums
Al DeBoe: drums
Donny Dolan: drums
Joe Osborn: bass
Rod Garrison: bass
Lorna Willard: backing vocals
Venata Field: backing vocals

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