PART II: Santana Bandmate Marcus Malone Talks About Being Incarcerated


This is part two of our interview with former Santana percussionist Marcus Malone. Read and watch more videos about Marcus below.

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WATCH PART 1: Marcus Malone talks about being homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It’s the embrace felt around the world.

International superstar Carlos Santana and his long-lost friend — and former bandmate — Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, were reunited after 40 years over the holidays.

It all started on Dec. 9. when Marcus, a homeless man, became part of KRON 4’s Stanley Roberts’ People Behaving Badly story about illegal dumping in an Oakland neighborhood. Stanley was capturing footage as Marcus was rummaging for valuables.

During the shoot, Marcus 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.

KRON 4’s Stanley Roberts sat down with Marcus for an exclusive one-on-one interview to learn more about the legendary percussionist whose incarceration interrupted his music career for nearly 40 years.

STANLEY: You spent some time in jail and there are a lot of questions about what took place. You want to talk about that for a second?

MARCUS: Not really talk about it. But I want to jail for having an encounter with somebody that thought that

I was doing something that I wasn’t supposed to do with her. Actually it happened on the Fourth of July when the incident jumped off.

I had just drove into town from a recording session and went to a place where we were scheduled, the whole band was supposed to be meet there. And the lady served me breakfast and all of a sudden the door comes off and the man was very jealous or possessive about this woman that he had a restraining order against him. And he attacked her.

He was brutalizing her so bad that I couldn’t take no more. And so when I intervened, he turned on me and attacked me. And all I did was try to defend myself the best I could.

But the man was a professional wrestler and all this stuff. And he almost killed me. But I was able to handle myself pretty well.

It turned into a terrible situation.

STANLEY: Did you ever at one point give up and say, “You know what? I can’t go no more.”

MARCUS: No. I never had any feeling of giving up. I’ve always tried to do better at whatever I was doing, even in landscaping. I chose that because I know that if the grass grows that He created, it has to be cut.

STANLEY: Carlos handed you in envelope. What was in that envelope?

MARCUS: I can’t just tell you exactly what it was. It was a wonderful surprise.

STANLEY: What did you do with that wonderful surprise?
Well. I bought some equipment and helped my family out.

WATCH: Carlos Santana Reunites with Homeless Ex Bandmate
WATCH: People That Dump Illegally Behave Badly

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