Despite having similar paths, life doesn’t always turn out the same way for everyone. Some flourish and blossom, others flounder and wither out. This is exactly what happened with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana’s former bandmate and percussionist Marcus Malone -- who despite a wealth of musical talent -- is now homeless and depends on what scraps others toss his way.
Malone, along with Santana and others, founded “the Carlos Santana Blues Band” almost half a century ago in 1967 in San Francisco. While others thrived and made a career out of that break, it didn’t quite work out the same way for Malone. He got mixed up with the wrong people, committed a crime, got sent to San Quentin prison, and as a result, had to be booted out of the line-up that was destined for greatness.
Upon his release, Santana and company had moved on, and there was no place for the now ex-con. The gifted musician – who was once affectionately called “Marcus the Magnificent” – found it difficult to gain a re-entry into the music scene and eventually fell on hard times.
He was recently rediscovered by a KRON4 reporter, Stanley Roberts, on the streets of Oakland, California. At first, his claim to have worked with Santana The Great seemed ludicrous, but after some verification, it turned out that he was actually speaking the truth. The story got aired, was seen by Santana himself, who then contacted Roberts via Facebook to ask for a meeting to be arranged with his old pal.
The long overdue reunion took place last Friday on Oakland’s Pearmain Street. They could have met each other at KRON4’s office or somewhere else, but such a unique reunion and no melodrama? The historical encounter took place at Oaktown’s Pearmain Street – the exact same place where the two had started their friendship all those decades ago.
Check out how it went, in the video at the top.