June 13 2014
The song “Black Magic Woman” comes to most people’s minds as one of the greatest hits of classic rock group, Santana. What most people fail to realize is that the song was written by Peter Green. “Black Magic Woman” was originally a Fleetwood Mac single released in 1968. The song made its way onto several Fleetwood Mac compilation albums including English Rose and The Pious Bird of Good Omen. Two years after the song was first released, Santana took the song and ran with it. Soaring to No. 4 in U.S. charts, the song became more closely associated with Santana than it ever did with Fleetwood Mac. They follow a similar sound and style as the original Fleetwood Mac version, but they take it to a different level of classic rock. In the last minute and a half of the Santana cover, the song turns from “Black Magic Woman” to “Gypsy Queen”, taking the song from classic rock to Latin jazz.