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B.W. Stevenson

Best remembered for his 1973 smash "My Maria," singer/songwriter B.W. Stevenson (the "B.W." reportedly stood for "Buckwheat" -- his real first name was Lewis) was born October 5, 1949, in Dallas, TX. As a teen he played in a variety of local rock bands before attending college, eventually joining the U.S. Air Force; upon returning from duty Stevenson settled in the Austin area, where he became a frequent attraction on the city's thriving club circuit. Upon signing to RCA he was marketed primarily to country listeners, enjoying little success with either his 1972 self-titled debut or its follow-up, Lead Free; the title track of 1973's My Maria, however, became a Top Ten pop favorite, although ironically it missed the country charts altogether. Stevenson never again recaptured the single's success, and after 1974's Calabasas he landed at Warner Bros. to issue We Be Sailin' a year later. "Down to the Station," from 1977's Lost Feeling, was his last chart hit, and after 1980's Lifeline his recording career was over. Sadly, Stevenson died on April 28, 1988, shortly after undergoing heart surgery; he was just 38 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Got to know Buck at the HOP on Berry in Fort Worth. We got together everytime he was in town. His wife and I usually set together. The small intimate setting there made it seem like family.Buck was always a gentleman. The timbre of his voice and range was unique. The man is missed his music lives.
Saw BW at the Greenville Bar & Grill in Dallas around 1979-80. We were full of sangria and remember the dude playing with him came over to me during a break and said they really appreciated my enthusiasm but could we hold it down!! Never forget that. Loved his music for many many years. Glad pandora finally put some on the list.
Saw him in 72 at the old Cowboy stadium warming up the audience for Three Dog Night and Rod Stewart. I thought he was the best part of the show, except for Rod's Maggie May.
My Maria is one of the sweetest songs ever written. Makes me wish my name was Maria! <3
Saw BW at the Texas Opry House in Houston in the mid-70s. He sat on a stool that night and performed for a rowdy crowd. What a performance! Believe the price of admission was 50 cents.
zonarocsbobb y t saw B.W. in mid 70's saw him some litte bar round 6thst got to talk to him and tell how much I loved his songs and music rocked the nigth til it closed what a time Austin was the nut
donbard76
Knew BW from Austin in the days of the Chequered Flag and early Kerrville Folk Festival days; always a supportive friend even to someone on the periphery. BW's version of Shambala debuted about a week before the Three Dog Night cover (actully topped out higher in South Africa it is reported)... BW always thought 3 Dog had to rush their's out and the production was not as good. However, his My Maria remains THE version. Most importantly, he seemed as happy at the last folk festival as he had alwa
arwebs
Was a good friend and great music
loved him, loved him, loved him....saw him in austin, houston, college station...he was the man!
I got a chance to meet him and hear him play. He was instrumental in inspiring me to play and write songs. The best song Ever written was his "On My Own"..I include it in all my sets...the Good Jim Jones
eisjeff
He wrote a great song I believe called "Save a little Time for love" which was a great song. I do wish that I could have seen him in person.
Love the Three Dog Night version of this tune.
So he never got to hear his song become the pinnacle of Brooks & Dunn's career!! Bummer. Hope his family got the royalties though.
lunablu3
wow. WTF. he died too soon~
jreclipse
Saw BW in a small club in Denver, Colorado. We enjoyed his singing and unique style.
dem37
heard BW in Memphis, early seventies at TGI's. He had several great songs (Last Time I Saw Emma, for instance) and was great in a small venue with a stand up bass for accompanimen t . I often wondered why he didn't catch fire, like Cat Stevens or James Taylor.
rayraybann
I met B.W. in south Austin one nite, so long ago . He snaged the girl i was with.. its all cool, you had magic power. We would be best friends if you were still here.. You baled much too soon....brot h e r . . Raybann Austin Texas....... . . . . . . . .
i remember the 3 dog night version
Brooks and Dunn are an insult to REAL country music.

Boot Scootin' my azz.
katekesdesig n s
I had no idea the this was BW's song! My mind is blown. boatwright.. . you are right Brooks and Dunn do owe there success to BW!
I like this version!
Where is "On My Own"? I want to use it for a song seed.
brooks and dunn are thives...the y owe ALL thier success to bw
110 % pure classic! Brooks and Dunn can't touch the original version!
She's beautiful when she looks in my eyes,just take me away
david.fargo
B. W. Stevenson has a song called 'On My Own' that is terrific. You'd be doing yourself a favor by downloading it. I used to watch B. W. Stevenson live in small bars around Spring, TX. He was a great musician and a really nice guy.
Always loved this song!!!
Brooks & Dunn do an excellent cover of My Maria.
this is a classic
sassyjan
always loved this song
brings back good memories from the 7o's the best time! thanks b.w. -

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