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 valve surgery; he was just 38 years old. Since his death, Poor David’s Pub in Dallas has held an annual songwriting competition in his memory.
Author Jan Reid devotes a chapter to Stevenson in his book The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, dubbing him “The Voice”.
In mid 1996, Stevenson’s hit My Maria reached the charts again when it was covered by the country duo Brooks & Dunn, for whom it became a three-week #1 country hit.
Edited by Doommagic on 11 Jul 2009, 22:20
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