“Black Magic Woman” by Santana – Live in Concert 1970

The song “Black Magic Woman” was made famous by Carlos Santana. It first appeared as a single and then on Santana’s 1970 album Abraxas. Any number of greatest hits compilations feature the song. This performance was occurred while the song was in the charts. The man and the band are in top form and the result is sublime.

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.

7 inch single sleeve, courtesy of discogs

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