Black Magic Woman
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Santana's version of the song is considered one of the best examples of Latin rock fusion.
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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