Malone told Santana he has been praying for this meeting, which the guitarist called ‘God ordained’
More than four decades after Carlos Santana and his drummer Marcus Malone parted ways, the two were reunited on the streets of Oakland, California, where the talented musician has been living after falling on hard times. The heartwarming encounter was made possible thanks to the efforts of local news reporter Stanley Roberts. After boasting to the reporter that he was a composer and part-time landscaper who used to play with Carlos Santana’s original band, Stanley made some calls. As it turned out, Malone was telling the truth: the drummer once nicknamed ‘Marcus the Magnificent’ was part of the Santana Blues Band until 1968.
The two musicians, however, parted ways some 40 years ago when Malone was convicted of a crime and sent to San Quentin prison. 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’ve been waiting for.
Photo of a very young Carlos Santana, circa 1967, with Marcus Malone
After Roberts’ segment aired on TV December 9, Santana allegedly traveled to Oakland to try and find his down-on-his-luck former percussionist, whose fiery rhythms had helped catapult him to fame all these years ago. Being unable to locate Malone, Santana had his manager contact Roberts via Facebook and ask to set up a reunion. It’s not clear what, if anything, Santana plans to do to help his old friend, but in the video he talks about ‘hooking up’ with Malone.
Guitar legend Carlos Santana embraces his former percussionist Marcus Malone, who has been leaving on the streets of Oakland for years
Be sure to check out the video of this Christmas miracle below!