Flashback to Santana & Peter Green’s Electrifying “Black Magic Woman” From 1998

Flashback to Santana & Peter Green’s Electrifying “Black Magic Woman” From 1998

Posted 27 Jul 2020
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Peter Green’s tenure in Fleetwood Mac may have spanned only three short years, but in that time, he penned a number of enduring hits, still revered today, in one of the most hit-heavy catalogues in the history of music. One of those songs was “Black Magic Woman,” which first was first released as a Fleetwood Mac single in 1968, and subsequently appeared on the 1969 Fleetwood Mac compilation albums English Rose (US) and The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK). One year later, in 1970, it was turned into a worldwide smash by Santana, sung by Gregg Rolie, reaching number four in the US charts when it was released on their Abraxas album. 

In 1998, when Peter Green was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac, it just so happened that Santana was also being inducted into the hall. Their reworking of Green’s “Black Magic Woman” cemented the band’s Latin infused sound and went on to become one of Santana's biggest hits. It remains one of their most well-known songs to date. The lucky attendees of the induction ceremony bore witness as the two guitar greats traded licks in their first, and only onstage appearance together. Watch the electrifying performance below. 

Santana | "Black Magic Woman" with Peter Green at the 1998 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 

Mick Fleetwood recognised the immense part Peter Green played in the history of Fleetwood Mac, saying, “Before I make too long of a speech, I would like to thank Mr. Peter Green for forming Fleetwood Mac way back in 1967. Thank you, Peter. He left us with a stage that was to continue until today.”

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