Marcus Malone

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Marcus Malone
GenresLatin rock, Chicano rock, psychedelic rock
InstrumentsLatin percussion and congas
Years active(1966–1969) (2013-present)
Associated actsSantana

Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone is an American percussionist, former member of the Latin rock band Santana.


Santana was formed in 1967 in San Francisco with Malone playing as the band's percussionist, specializing in Latin instruments. Originally known as Carlos Santana Blues Band, the group found little success in the music scene until it was announced as among the performers at the upcoming Woodstock and began work on its debut album Santana. However, by this point, Malone had already been convicted of manslaughter and had started serving his sentence in San Quentin State Prison.

Since his release from prison in 1973, Malone had been living on the streets of Oakland until being accidentally discovered by KRON-TV field reporter Stanley Roberts in December 2013. Malone and Carlos Santana subsequently had an emotional reunion, and the former was set to once again play as a percussionist in Santana's upcoming album Santana IV.[1] In the end, Malone didn't feature in Santana IV.

On June 18, 2016, Malone was critically injured by an unsecured tire that came flying off of a passing car in Oakland, and knocked backwards onto the sidewalk. He was placed on life support at Oakland's Highland Hospital.[2]


With Santana[edit]


  1. ^ Shields, Brian (22 December 2013). "Santana Plans Recording with Homeless Ex-Bandmate". KRON-TV. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ Mendoza, Carlos (19 June 2016). "Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone on life support after freak accident in Oakland". KRON-TV. Retrieved 18 September 2016.

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