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Santana: “Black Magic Woman”

The Hook:
Even though his part was kept simple, Santana’s drummer loved playing it live.


Year: 1970

Writer: Peter Green

Stats: Peaked at number-four on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Santana’s version of “Black Magic Woman” is considerably different than the original one by its writer, Peter Green’s group, Fleetwood Mac. Former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve says he loved what his group did with it.

Former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve on what he liked most about “Black Magic Woman.” OC:…on it. :25

“’Black Magic Woman’ was always one of my very favorites to play. I loved the introduction and the way we arranged it – an extended two-part introduction and then Carlos coming in with the melody. It always was just so fun, even playing a simple beat on the hi-hat – just to be doing that while the rest of the music was going on around me, I always got a great deal of satisfaction. And Carlos’s playing I just love on it.”