Black Magic Woman – Santana – 1970

Santana Black Magic Woman 1970First released by Fleetwood Mac in 1968, Santana’s 1970 version of Black Magic Woman became their highest charting hit, until Smooth in 1999.

carlos and his guitar and woodstock

Formed in 1964, Santana is another of those bands who rose to fame in the 70s and now just keep on keeping going.

They are also another band whose fame was boosted incredibly by playing at Woodstock where their Latin influenced music contrasted with the mostly folk-rock bands on offer. On the back of that performance, their first album, Santana, rocketed to the top of the charts and Carlos, and his ever-changing line-up of muso’s, has been thereabouts ever since.

putting the record straight

More than once I’ve heard radio DJ’s introduce Santana as a band from South America—not so! Carlos is actually Mexican, but it was in San Francisco that the band Santana formed.

black magic woman fax

  • Black Magic Woman was written by Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and was released as a single by his band in 1968.
  • Santana covered the version on their album Abraxas in 1970. The vocals were sung by Gregg Rolie. (Gregg Rolie was also a foundation member of Journey and has toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band).
  • Black Magic Woman peaked at #4 on the US single charts.
  • Santana’s introduction to Black Magic Woman is an adaption of Gábor Szabó’s 1966 song, Gypsy Queen.
  • Santana released both an album and single version of Black Magic Woman; the former being over five minutes long, the latter just over three minutes.
  • Black Magic Woman lyrics.

black magic woman – Santana – 1970 – video

a treat for santana fans

And for the fans out there – here’s Santana’s finest song (IMHO), Sambi Pa Ti

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