|Single by B. W. Stevenson|
|from the album My Maria|
|B-side||"August Evening Lady"|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
B. W. Stevenson|
"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. A cover by Brooks & Dunn reached number 1 on the US country music chart and won the 1997 Grammy for Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
A gypsy woman, Maria, relieves the narrator from problems with which he has been struggling.
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|Canada RPM Top Singles||7|
|Canada RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
Brooks & Dunn version
|Single by Brooks & Dunn|
|from the album Borderline|
|B-side||"Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing"|
|Released||March 24, 1996|
|Format||CD single, Cassette Single|
B. W. Stevenson|
|Brooks & Dunn singles chronology|
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. 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, as well at the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards on April 19, 2015.
"My Maria" debuted at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 6, 1996.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||79|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||12|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
Gear Daddies version
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 232.
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
- 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.
- AOL Music profile for "My Maria"
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 63. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2973." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 20, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Brooks & Dunn Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- "Brooks & Dunn Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.