Rest in Peace Jorge Santana, Younger Brother of Carlos Santana: 1951 – 2020


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Jorge Santana, younger brother of Carlos Santana and a gifted guitarist who toured occasionally with the Santana band, has died at the age of 68, it was reported on Friday.

The news came through early Friday via TMZ, noting that Jorge passed away from “natural causes,” per a representative.

The youngest of three brothers in the Santana clan, he forged his own music career in the 1960s, eventually scoring a Top 20 hit in 1972 with “Suavecito,” the lead single from the debut album of his band Malo, another product of the burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area scene at the time:

Here’s a great live rendition from 1972:

The Jimi Hendrix estate posted a lengthy message remembering Jorge Santana on social media:

Experience Hendrix expresses our deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow at the passing of Jorge Santana, beloved guitar great. We join his brother Carlos, the Santana family, and the world, in mourning this tremendous loss, by celebrating the life of Jorge, known to many who saw him in different lights; a father, a grandfather, a powerful musician, a gentle giant, and a legend in his own right.

He was generous with his wit and wisdom, bringing light and laughter to whatever arena graced by his presence. A kind man, Jorge unselfishly shared the best of himself.

In an industry sometimes known to be proprietary and impenetrable, Jorge Santana was a true friend to the Experience Hendrix family. He embraced us and shared his insights and wisdom many times, helping us navigate the murky waters of the music business. Jorge lived out the title of one of his most popular albums, “It’s All About Love.” We were blessed to have been on the receiving end of that love!

You will not be forgotten, Guillermo Jorge Santana. We pay tribute to you with these words, “El viento susurra Jorge.” Rest like you lived, beautifully.

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Jorge Santana Experience Hendrix expresses our deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow at the passing of Jorge Santana, beloved guitar great. We join his brother Carlos, the Santana family, and the world, in mourning this tremendous loss, by celebrating the life of Jorge, known to many who saw him in different lights; a father, a grandfather, a powerful musician, a gentle giant, and a legend in his own right. He was generous with his wit and wisdom, bringing light and laughter to whatever arena graced by his presence. A kind man, Jorge unselfishly shared the best of himself. In an industry sometimes known to be proprietary and impenetrable, Jorge Santana was a true friend to the Experience Hendrix family. He embraced us and shared his insights and wisdom many times, helping us navigate the murky waters of the music business. Jorge lived out the title of one of his most popular albums, “It’s All About Love.” We were blessed to have been on the receiving end of that love! You will not be forgotten, Guillermo Jorge Santana. We pay tribute to you with these words, “El viento susurra Jorge.” Rest like you lived, beautifully. #RIP #JorgeSantana #Santana

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Jorge teamed up with Carlos and Carlos’ nephew, Carlos Hernandez, for the 1994 album Santana Brothers, which made it into the Billboard 200 album chart:

For more of Jorge, here’s a live video from 1992 at the Shoreline Amphitheater featuring Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, Ry Cooder and more:

May he rest in peace.


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