Christmas is a special time when we receive blessings from the angels that are all around us. A beautiful reunion story of brotherhood, compassion and support comes to us from Oakland, California.
Thanks to the efforts of San Francisco news reporter Stanley Roberts, who came across Marcus Malone earlier this month while reporting on illegal dumpsites for his segment ‘People Behaving Badly’ for the station KRON4.
Marcus Malone, original conguero of The Santana Blues Band from 1967 to 1969 has been living in desolation in Oakland. He has been making do with a parked trailer and harvesting the streets. The vagrant revealed to Stanley Roberts that he was a composer and part-time landscaper who used to play with Carlos Santana’s original band.
Stanley Roberts investigated what he was told and he learned Marcus Malone was indeed telling the truth. He got in touch with Santana Management and arranged for a reunion between Marcus Malone and Carlos Santana.
The parable of the Prodigal Son comes full circle.
“But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.” - Luke 15:32
The reconnection of Marcus Malone with Carlos Santana takes on a special tone in the music of our heart. It turns out that Gregg Rolie has written a song “The Magnificent Marcus Malone”. Carlos Santana has a vision of Marcus Malone getting back in touch with his musical self by making arrangements for Marcus to get an apartment, play some LP congas he will be giving him soon and to have Marcus Malone join Gregg and Carlos on the Santana IV reunion track Gregg has written. I think that is so outasight!
I love the video sequence where Carlos turns Marcus’s hand over and rubs his palm to determine how able Marcus will be to play again. That was one beautiful expression as was the picture Marcus kept in his trailer of the Santana Blues Band that Carlos and he reminisced about.
Marcus Malone co-wrote “Soul Sacrifice” which is a fiery song for Santana all these many years. You can hear Marcus Malone perform on Santana, Live At The Fillmore 1968.
- Carlos Santana – Guitar, Vocals
- Gregg Rolie – Organ, Piano, Vocals
- David Brown – Bass
- Bob Livingston – Drums
- Marcus Malone – Congas
I love where this story is going. Thank you Stanley Roberts and Carlos Santana for redeeming Marcus Malone from the streets. There will be more to follow I am sure :)