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Santana reunites with ex-bandmate, now homeless

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:06 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013


OAKLAND, Calif. » A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carolos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland.

Reporter Stanley Roberts ran into percussionist Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone while working on a story about illegal dumping last week, KRON-TV in San Francisco reports.

Although he initially was skeptical of the homeless man's claim that the Santana Blues Band got its start in his mother's garage in the late 1960s, Roberts checked out the story and confirmed it. And on Friday, he took Santana for a surprise visit to the camper where Malone has been staying.

"You don't know how afraid I am to let you see me," Malone said softly after he and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer embraced.

"We cherish you," Santana replied. "It's an honor to be in your presence."

Santana has credited Malone with being an important influence on his Afro-Latin sound, according to former Rolling Stone magazine writer Ben Fong-Torres' book "Not Fade Away: A Backstage Ticket to 20 years of Rock & Roll."

Malone played congas on Santana's eponymous first album, but left the band in 1969 shortly before its seminal performance at Woodstock when he was imprisoned for manslaughter, according to Fong-Torres.

The two men told Roberts they had not seen each other since then. During their meeting on Friday, Santana promised to bring Malone a set of congas and to help him get on his feet.

Since Roberts' story aired, another original member of the Santana Blues Band, percussionist Rod Harper, and producer Bobby Scott also have expressed interest in reuniting with Malone.







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mokebla wrote:
Sweet! It's music to my ears. Met Carlos in Santa Clara at the Earthquake relief concert in 89, he thought I was Kapono. I told him we all like alike. Hayan!
on December 23,2013 | 04:48AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I was there for Santana's concert in the Diamond Head Crater. Twas awesome.
on December 23,2013 | 05:01AM
HanabataDays wrote:
The Crater Festival, not Santa Clara. I think that was '72.
on December 23,2013 | 07:33AM
HanabataDays wrote:
I was there. Our band played too, Cottonmouth Strangling Blues Band (later Honolulu Doggs). What a day! what a trip!
on December 23,2013 | 07:32AM
awahana wrote:
Neat story!
Hope to see and hear more from these legends that kids today know nothing about in the coming months.
on December 23,2013 | 05:06AM
lokela wrote:
I was also there at the Crater. It was awesome. Great time during those Crater festivals.
on December 23,2013 | 05:19AM
Upperkula wrote:
Auwe thats when music was music, those were the days of my youth. As I get older they ae slowly slipping away. Crater festivals, those are two words you dont hear anymore.
on December 23,2013 | 06:36AM
AhiPoke wrote:
It brings back memories of when I was going to school in northern California in the late 60's. I remember seeing Santana playing a free concert and being blown away by how good he was. He was unkown then but the rest is history.
on December 23,2013 | 06:50AM
cojef wrote:
A very warm and heartbreaking story of two individuals lives, one, down and out, the other, fame and fortune. Hope and wish the best for Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone.
on December 23,2013 | 07:28AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Carlos Santana is one of my two favorite living musicians (the other being the incomparable Jerry Santos). It's not just the amazing gifts of their music; it's more than that. Each brings such heart, such kindness, compassion and caring to their work. These are the things that combine into greatness.
on December 23,2013 | 08:33AM
LadyNinja wrote:
Wow! Malone was a real nice guy when I met their band while living in LA in 1968. Cool story. Santana was just getting really going back then. Thank you for the update.
on December 23,2013 | 08:51AM
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