Black Magic (Hungarian) Woman

The song “Black Magic Woman” was made famous by Carlos Santana. It first appeared on his 1970 album Abraxas and then on various greatest hits compilations. The song hit number 4 in the US and Canada the same year.

The song was first recorded in 1968 by Fleetwood Mac. It was written by Peter Green, a founding member of the group.

When Carlos Santana decided to do the song, he created a medley arrangement that incorporated Gábor Szabó‘s 1966 instrumental “Gypsy Queen”, a mix of jazz, Hungarian folk and Latin rhythms. My mother is half Hungarian. She LOVES to tell people these details.

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