Santana percussionist homeless
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