A TV reporter in San Francisco has reunited rock legend Carlos Santana with former bandmate Marcus Malone, a homeless man who played in the original Santana lineup in the late Sixties.
It all started when Marcus Malone was interviewed for KRON4-TV’s ‚ÄúPeople Behaving Badly‚ÄĚ segment on illegal dumping and told the reporter he was a former member of Santana’s band.
‚ÄúAt one time I was with the Santana band, the original Santana blues band,” Malone told KRON4. “Now I’m homeless and on the streets.”
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.
Malone played congas on Santana’s eponymous first album, but left the band shortly before its seminal performance at Woodstock when he was imprisoned at San Quentin in 1969. Upon his release, Malone was unable to find a steady job and get back on his feet, and eventually became homeless.
Meanwhile, Carlos Santana’s musical career skyrocketed, with his band’s appearance at the famed Woodstock music festival giving them the big break they‚Äôve been waiting for.
In 1998, the band Santana (without Malone in it) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the multitalented guitarist and singer went on to sell 15million copies of his hit album Supernatural in the early 2000s, reports the Daily Mail.
Malone lost contact with the guitar legend, but thanks to KRON 4, the two were reunited after the segment aired‚ÄĒand cameras captured the emotional moment.
For his part, Santana told the station he has previously tried to track down his former band mate, but he could never locate Malone. The station got the two of them back together.
A video of the surprise encounter shows a shell-shocked Malone being led to a black Ford pickup truck and coming face to face with his long-lost famous bandmate.
“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.
“It’s an honor to be in your presence,” Santana responds, calling his old friend Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone. “It’s an honor to be in your presence, man,” he continues, before noting Malone’s importance on the band’s early development.
“You and your family were always so gracious to us,” he says. “Your mom is in my heart and your heart, and she’s watching out for both of us.”
In an interview with CNN Sunday, Santana said he plans to help Malone get back on his feet. He also wants to bring the original members of the Santana Blues Band together ‚ÄĒ including Marcus ‚ÄĒ to record a new album.
“We wrote a song for him called ‘Magnificent Marcus Malone. We want him to play on it,” said Santana.
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, says USA Today.
Meanwhile, Santana will release Coraz√≥n, a new LP of collaborations with Latin music artists, in early 2014. The guitar legend was recently honored as a 2013 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which took place on December 8th, will air December 29th on CBS.