Black Magic Woman

Fleetwood Mac

About Black Magic Woman

"Black Magic Woman" is a song written by British musician Peter Green, which first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968, subsequently appearing on the 1969 Fleetwood Mac compilation albums English Rose (US) and The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK), as well as Vintage Years. In 1970, it became a hit by Santana, as sung by Gregg Rolie, reaching No. 4 in the US and Canadian charts, after appearing on their Abraxas album. The song was also covered by erstwhile Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch on his 2006 album His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond, Vol. 2. Although Welch was not a member of the group at the time of the original recording, he had performed a number of Peter Green's songs during his time with them. 


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1969
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I got a black magic woman
Got a black magic woman
Yes, I got a black magic woman
Got me so blind I can't see
But she's a black magic woman
And she's tryin' to make a devil out of me

Don't turn your back on me baby
Don't turn your back on me baby
Yes, don't turn your back on me baby
You're messin' around with your tricks
Don't turn your back on me baby
'Cause you might just break up my magic stick

You got your spell on me baby
You got your spell on me baby
Yes, you got your spell on me baby
Turning my heart into stone
I need you so bad, magic woman, I can't leave you alone

Yes, I need you so bad
Well, I need you darling
Yeah, I need you darling
Yes, I want you to love me
I want you to love me
Whoa, I want you to love me, ah
Whoa, yeah
Oh, whoa, baby
Yes, I need your love

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Due to numerous line-up changes, the only original member present in the band is its eponymous drummer, Mick Fleetwood. Despite band founder Peter Green naming the group by combining the surnames of two of his former bandmates (Fleetwood, McVie) from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie played neither on their first single nor at their first concerts. The keyboardist, Christine McVie, who joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, appeared on all but two albums, either as a member or as a session musician. She also supplied the artwork for the album Kiln House. more »

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Written by: Peter Alan Green

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11 facts about this song

Creation and Origin
"Black Magic Woman" is a song written by British musician Peter Green, who was the founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac.
First Release
The song was first recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1968, around two years after the band was formed. It was released as a single and appeared on the band's album "English Rose".
Original Band Version
In Fleetwood Mac's original version, the song is recognized for its haunting, subtle melody, backed by Peter Green's smooth delivery and the soft strumming of the guitar.
Style
"Black Magic Woman" is a blues-rock song that combines elements of traditional blues with British rock, a combination that was groundbreaking at the time.
Popularity
Despite the later success of the Santana version, Fleetwood Mac's original recording of "Black Magic Woman" didn't chart within the top 30 in the UK or the US.
Santana's Cover
Carlos Santana and his band Santana covered "Black Magic Woman" in 1970, two years after Fleetwood Mac's version was released. Their cover incorporated Latin influences and instrumental solos, making it vastly different from the original.
Santana's Success
It is Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" that has become the more famous of the two, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Unique Arrangement
The arrangement of the Santana version is also quite different, featuring an extended instrumental middle section that borrows from another song, "Gypsy Queen", by Hungarian jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo.
Music Fusion
Santana's version of the song is considered one of the best examples of Latin rock fusion.
Continuing Popularity
The Santana version was named the 153rd greatest guitar song of all time by "Rolling Stone" magazine and continues to be a staple on classic rock radio stations.
Tribute to Peter Green
In 2020, Carlos Santana stated in an interview that his interpretation of "Black Magic Woman" was a tribute to its writer, Peter Green.

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