Black Magic Woman


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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Got a black magic woman
Got a black magic woman
I've got a black magic woman
Got me so blind I can't see
That she's a black magic woman
She's trying 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
Stop messing about with your tricks
Don't turn your back on me, baby
You just might pick up my magic sticks

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

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Santana is a rock band based around guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. It first came to public attention after they performed the song "Soul Sacrifice" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, when their Latin rock provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This initial exposure made their first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by successful follow-ups Abraxas and Santana III. 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.
"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.
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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