Carlos Santana reunites with homeless former bandmate

An Oakland TV station intervened to get Santana and Marcus Malone in touch

Latin rock guitar legend Carlos Santana has made a homeless man’s Christmas extra special this year by reuniting with a former band mate, who became homeless and living on the streets, 44 years after losing contact with each other.

Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone has been homeless for awhile but that has changed since he was interviewed by KRON4 TV in Oakland for a “People Behaving Badly” segment. That’s when the man revealed to the station, “At one time I was with the Santana band, the original Santana blues band. Now I’m homeless and on the streets.”

The musicians lost contact with each other after Malone had gone to prison in 1969. Neither man had been able to successfully track the other down until the station intervened and captured the reunion on TV on Friday.

“That’s him, man. That’s magnificent Marcus Malone,” Santana says. “His spirit is indomitable.”

Santana told CNN that he had to help Malone out, “I want to offer him a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes, and just get him out of the street.”

The rocker also offered Malone an invitation to rejoin the band for Santana’s new album, Corazon, set to be released in 2014.

The story has since gone viral.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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