Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rock Legend Greg Rolie Talks Black Magic Woman

Recently our good friends at AntiMUSIC spoke with rock legend Greg Rolie, founding vocalist/keyboardist of both Santana and Journey for a feature on their Singled Out Classics, where the topic of discussion was the story behind the Santana classic "Black Magic Woman". Without further ado, here's the story behind one of rock's all time classics :

"Black Magic Woman is still one my favorite songs to sing and perform even after almost 40 years. It took me about a year to convince the band that we should do this song. It was one I had a passion for and I knew I could sing it. Some songs are made for you and other songs you just sing. This one was made for me. A little known fact is that Mike Shrieve (drummer for Santana) turned me on to Black Magic Woman. He knew I was a big Peter Green fan from his involvement with John Mayall's Blues Breakers where Peter took Eric Clapton's place as the lead guitarist and played on the album "Hard Road". Mike gave me the Fleetwood Mac album with lead guitarist Peter Green and I found Black Magic Woman penned by Peter. It became a #4 Hit for Santana and one of the most recognizable Santana songs for decades to follow. I'm sure glad Mike gave it to me".

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