Carlos Santana has reunited with an old bandmate with the help of a news reporter from a San Francisco television station. Santana hasn’t seen the ex-bandmate in years and now he lives on the streets of Oakland, California
KRON-TV in San Francisco reports, our reporter Stanley Roberts ran into Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone while working on a story about illegal dumping last week. Roberts was skeptical of the homeless man making claims of the Santana Blues Band getting it start from his mother’s garage in the late 1960s.
Roberts confirmed the story to be true and on Friday Santana made a surprise visit to the camper where Malone has been staying.
Malone said to Santana, “you don’t know how afraid I am to let you see me.” Santana said, “we cherish you and it’s an honor to be in your presence.”
According to former Rolling Stone magazine writer Ben Fong-Torres, Malone played a significant roll in launching his career and was a major influence on his Afro-Latin sound.
According to Fong-Torres, Malone played congas on Santana’s first album in 1969 shortly after his performance on Woodstock. Malone left the band later due to a manslaughter charge and went to prison. Malone and Santana have not seen each other since Woodstock.
During the meetup, Santana said he was going to bring Malone a set of congas and was going to help him get on his feet. Since Roberts’ story aired, another band member of the Santana Blues Band percussionist Rod Harper expressed interest in reuniting with Malone.