Santana Reunites With Homeless Ex-Band Member
A local San Francisco news station helped orchestrate a heartwarming reunion between rock legend Carlos Santana and a former bandmate who has fallen on hard times after his days in the band.
KRON-TV reporter Stanley Roberts discovered a homeless man named Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone in an earlier report about illegal dumping last week. Malone, who now lives on the streets in Oakland, claimed that he was the percussionist in the original Santana Blue Band, and through some fact-checking, Roberts confirmed that Malone was indeed who he claimed to be.
After the story broke, Santana went out on his own search to locate Malone, but without success. After his manager contacted Roberts via Facebook, the news station located Malone and brought the two together for the first time in decades.
“We’re gonna hook up because of [Roberts] and God has a way man,” Santana says on camera after meeting Malone.
According to a CNN report, Santana invited Malone, along with the other members of the original Santana Blues Band, to play on the band’s new album and even set him up with an apartment.
“We wrote a song for him called ‘Magnificent Marcus Malone. We want him to play on it,” said Santana in the interview.
Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone was a member of the Santana Blues Band in the 1960s and played congas on Santana’s first album. He left the band in 1969 before the group’s iconic Woodstock performance when he was imprisoned for manslaughter.
Watch the former bandmates’ heartwarming reunion on the video below.