San­tana per­cus­sion­ist home­less

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFASHION -

OAKLAND: A news reporter for a San Fran­cisco tele­vi­sion sta­tion has re­united rock gui­tarist Car­los San­tana with a for­mer band­mate who lives on the streets of Oakland.

Reporter Stan­ley Roberts ran into Mar­cus “The Mag­nif­i­cent” Malone while work­ing on another story last week, KRON-TV in San Fran­cisco re­ported.

Al­though ini­tially he was scep­ti­cal of the home­less man’s claim that the San­tana Blues Band got its start in his mother’s garage in the late 1960s, the story checked out.

Last week, he took San­tana for a sur­prise visit to the camper home where Malone has been stay­ing.

“You don’t know how afraid I am to let you see me,” Malone said softly as he and San­tana em­braced.

San­tana has credited Malone with be­ing an im­por­tant in­flu­ence on his Afro-Latin sound, ac­cord­ing to Ben Fong-Tor­res’s 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 FongTor­res. San­tana promised to bring Malone a set of con­gas and to help him get back on his feet. – Sapa-AP

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