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OAKLAND (KRON) — While filming a segment for KRON 4’s People Behaving Badly about illegal dumping in an Oakland, reporter Stanley Roberts crossed paths with a homeless man who helped shape one of the world’s best-known musical signatures.
Stanley fixed his lens on the man then pressed record in hopes of capturing usable incidental footage or maybe get a quote.
“You find good stuff in here?” Stanley asked.
“Not really,” the man said. “One time I found an old pair o jeans and it had about $800, in hundred dollar bills.”
The man, who later identified himself as Marcus Malone, told Stanley that he was a landscaper and a music composer. He also revealed his connection to a Bay Area music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana.
“At one time I was with the Santana band, the original Santana Blues Band,” Marcus said. “Now I’m homeless and on the streets.”
Initially, Marcus’ claim seemed unbelievable.
“Yeah. You know I’m talking about Santana, the big…” Stanley started to ask.
“Carlos Santana,” said Marcus. “We started the band.”
“But I got in trouble.”