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Former original Santana bandmate now homeless, reunites with Carlos

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Now making the rounds online since Sunday is a story first reported on KRON by its Channel 4 reporter Stanley Roberts. Initially the news story was featured on Roberts’ “People Behave Badly” segment with an angle about illegal dumping in east Oakland. Marcus Malone ended up being its centerpiece as another homeless person. It wasn’t until Malone mentioned his extraordinary backstory of playing percussion for the Santana Blues Band, later to be known globally as Santana.

In the late 1960s Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone (percussionist), Rod Harper (drums), Carlos Santana (lead guitarist), Gregg Rolie (lead vocals and Hammond Organ B3), and David Brown (bassist) formed the band’s nucleus. It all started at Malone’s mother’s garage. According to Rolling Stone magazine writer Ben Fong-Torres, Santana credited Malone with his important and influential contribution to their Afro-Latin sound. Just months before Santana would embark at Woodstock, the two band members Harper and Malone left.

Later on Roberts investigated Malone’s story, which checked out, and initiated a reunion with Carlos Santana and this original bandmate. Roberts then took Santana to the location where Malone resides in a camper. According to SF Gate, the heartwarming reunion went like this, "You don't know how afraid I am to let you see me," Malone said softly after he and Carlos embraced.” "We cherish you," Santana replied. "It's an honor to be in your presence."

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