Jorge Santana Barragán

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Jorge Santana Barragán

Birthplace: Autlán, Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico
Death: May 14, 2020 (68)
San Rafael, Marin County, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of José Santana Meza and Josefina Barragán de Santana
Husband of Private
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Private; Private; Private; Carlos Santana; Private and 1 other

Occupation: Latin rock musician
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Jorge Santana Barragán

Jorge Santana, a guitarist known for his central role in the Latin rock band Malo, as well as his collaborations with the Fania All Stars, died on May 14. He was 68.

His older brother, Carlos Santana, announced his death on Facebook. The family said Jorge died of natural causes.

Jorge Santana’s guitar was a central feature of “Suavecito,” the lead single of Malo’s self-titled 1972 debut. Done to a quasi-bolero, cha-cha-cha beat, the song, whose title means “smooth” in English, was a Top 20 hit, breaking Malo into the pop mainstream. A cultural touchstone for Mexican-Americans, it has been hailed as “the Chicano national anthem.”

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June 13, 1951
Autlán, Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico
May 14, 2020
Age 68
San Rafael, Marin County, CA, United States