ST. MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS

His legacy

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs is a singer and guitarist. His hits are “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle,” and his most recent album is “A Fool to Care.” Scaggs, received a scholarship to attend St. Mark’s. He graduated in 1962. Classmate Mal Buckner gave him the nickname “Bosley,” later shortened to “Boz.” His newest album Out of the Blues will be released July 27, 2018.

Three things to know

1 Scaggs grew up in Plano, then a small farming community, and he told Rolling Stone in 1972 that attending St. Mark’s was influential. “A lot of Southwestern bankers and oil people, various rich folks, sent their kids to St. Mark’s … I’d never really seen anything of the cosmopolitan life or big-city action before, so Dallas came as quite a jolt and flash at that point.”

2 He met musician Steve Miller at St. Mark’s, according to Rolling Stone. “That was maybe the most important thing that’d happened to me until then. Steve’d had various bands since he was 12, and he and I became good friends. I bought a guitar when I was 16, and started tryin’ to learn a few licks. Then Steve got kicked out of St. Mark’s in the middle of his senior year for his ‘negative attitude.’ ”

3 One of Scaggs’ former teachers remembers him as a good student who struggled with math, according to a 1981 D Magazine story. He was a cheerleader during his junior and senior years, vice president of his junior class, co-captain of the soccer team, an officer in the athletes’ lettermen club and a member of the track team.


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