It’s like something out of a movie, or perhaps Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue: Two bandmates, separated by time and success, share a casual reconciliation on the streets of Oakland, Calif.
Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone played percussion for Carlos Santana‘s Santana Blues Band in the ’60s, but a stint in prison forced him to leave the band shortly before they hit it big. As his former partners went from Woodstock to the Hall of Fame, Malone drifted from gig to gig, eventually becoming homeless.
When KRON4 reporter Stanley Roberts found him, Malone was scrounging through a dumpster for salvage. He told the journalist his amazing story, which soon ended up on the evening news – eventually making its way to Santana himself.
With Roberts’s help, Santana tracked down his old drummer to Oakland’s Pearmain Street, and the two shared a warm embrace. Despite their different paths, the men greeted each other like old friends: the legendary guitarist vowed to help his “brother” find a place to live, as well as record an album with the original members of the Santana Blues Band.
Watch the meeting above, and then see Santana and Roberts interviewed on CNN below:
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