My Maria

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"My Maria"
Single by B. W. Stevenson
from the album My Maria
B-side"August Evening Lady"
ReleasedAugust 1973
Format7" 45 RPM
GenreRock
Length2:25
LabelRCA Records
Writer(s)B. W. Stevenson
Daniel Moore
Producer(s)David Kershenbaum
 
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"My Maria"
Single by B. W. Stevenson
from the album My Maria
B-side"August Evening Lady"
ReleasedAugust 1973
Format7" 45 RPM
GenreRock
Length2:25
LabelRCA Records
Writer(s)B. W. Stevenson
Daniel Moore
Producer(s)David Kershenbaum

"My Maria" is a song co-written by B. W. Stevenson and Daniel Moore. Stevenson released "My Maria" as a single in August 1973, and the song became a Top 10 hit, peaking at number 9 on the US pop chart. It remained in the Top 40 for twelve weeks. In addition, "My Maria" spent one week at number 1 on the US adult contemporary chart. The guitar portion of the track was played by Larry Carlton.[1]

Content[edit]

A gypsy woman, Maria, relieves the narrator from the problems he was struggling with.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening Singles1
U.S. Billboard Hot 1009
Canada RPM Top Singles7
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks1


Brooks & Dunn version[edit]

"My Maria"
Single by Brooks & Dunn
from the album Borderline
B-side"Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing"
ReleasedMarch 24, 1996[3]
FormatCD single, Cassette Single
Recorded1995
GenreCountry
Length3:30
LabelArista 12993
Writer(s)B. W. Stevenson
Daniel Moore
Producer(s)Kix Brooks
Don Cook
Ronnie Dunn
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"Whiskey Under the Bridge"
(1995)
"My Maria"
(1996)
"I Am That Man"
(1996)

When country duo Brooks & Dunn released a cover version of "My Maria" in 1996, the song reached number 1 on the US country chart. Their version of the song appears on their album Borderline, released in 1996 on Arista Records. In addition, their version was the number one country song of the year 1996 according to Billboard, and won the duo its second Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Vocal Group or Duo.[4] The song's b-side, "Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing," would later be released as the album's third single.

In addition, this song was performed as their last performance as a duo at the 2010 ACM Awards on April 18, 2010.

Chart positions[edit]

"My Maria" debuted at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 6, 1996.

Chart (1996)Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5]1
US Billboard Hot 100[6]79
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996)Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8]12
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9]1

Gear Daddies version[edit]

Gear Daddies released a version of the song on their 1992 album Can't Have Nothin' Nice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Randall, Alice; Carter Little; Courtney Little (2006). My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 92. ISBN 1-59555-860-8. 
  3. ^ AOL Music profile for "My Maria"
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 63. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  5. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 20, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Brooks & Dunn.
  7. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brooks & Dunn.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Loves Me Like a Rock" by Paul Simon
Billboard Easy Listening number-one single (B.W. Stevenson version)
September 22, 1973
Succeeded by
"I'm Coming Home" by Johnny Mathis
Preceded by
"You Win My Love"
by Shania Twain
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

May 18-June 1, 1996
Succeeded by
"Blue Clear Sky"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"It's Lonely I Can't Stand"
by Charlie Major
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 20-May 27, 1996
Succeeded by
"If I Were You"
by Terri Clark
Preceded by
"Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)"
by John Michael Montgomery
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single of the year

1996
Succeeded by
"It's Your Love"
by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill