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Jorge Santana (1951–2020), guitarist for Malo and Carlos Santana’s brother

by Linnea Crowther

Jorge Santana was the guitarist for Malo, who had a 1972 hit with “Suavecito.” He was also the younger brother of Carlos Santana.

Music in the family

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Santana followed in his older brother’s footsteps by learning to play guitar. He became a member of the San Francisco-based group Malo, who became known for their laid-back bilingual hit “Suavecito.” The song rose to No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became an enduring favorite of Latino culture. Santana later released two solo albums and joined the salsa group Fania All-Stars. He toured with his brother, and the two recorded the album “Santana Brothers” in 1994.

Santana on sitting in with his brother’s band

“I played with other bands, but there was something about playing with his band that is so energetic that there is no time to stop and think about how nervous you are. You have to be right at the moment and just dive into it. It’s a leap of faith that you take.” —from a 2018 interview with Jazz Weekly

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What people said about him

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Posted by Carlos Santana on Friday, May 15, 2020

Full obituary: The Chicago Tribune

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