Maury was born on January 14, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey, the second of eight children of Maurice and Margaret Muehleisen. He took piano lessons from the age of nine, mastering the classics and more. Picking up the guitar at age seventeen, he taught himself and excelled. By the time he was twenty, Maury had a recording contract and a Capitol Records LP - Gingerbreadd - eleven original works by Maury, produced by Terry Cashman and Tommy West.
Even though his album and the promotion of it was not very successful, he was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to share his musical talent with the world through his friendship with Jim Croce, as Jim's lead guitarist. And Jim would have been the first to say that he was lucky to share his spot in the limelight with Maury. For it was this gifted combination that created Jim's three ABC albums - You Don't Mess Around With Jim, Life and Times, and I Got A Name in 1972 and 1973.
Maury's life came to a tragic end at age 24 on September 20, 1973, killed in an airplane crash along with Jim Croce, Jim's road manager Dennis Rast, his booking agent Ken Cortese, the opening act comedian George Stevens, and the pilot Robert Newton Elliott.
Maury's short-lived career with Jim has been rewarded with three gold albums, two gold singles, and global attention in the years since his death. Yet, in those years, his family, friends, and fans have always remembered the young man who maintained unwavering pride in his name and his birthplace, a young man who just wanted to sing for people and asked only for a smile in return.