Jorge Santana, legendary Mexican-American guitarist and brother of Carlos Santana has died

The Latin music world lost an icon late last week: Mexican guitarist Jorge Santana, younger brother to Carlos Santana, died Thursday of natural causes at 68 years old. His legend is especially fortified by “Suavecito,” a 1972 Billboard Hot 100 hit and enduring Chicano anthem issued on the debut album of the band Malo, of which he was a founding member.

On Friday Carlos Santana announced his brother’s passing on Facebook.

“We

take

time to

celebrate

the

magnificent

spirit

of our

beloved

brother

Jorge

He transitioned unto the realm of light that cast no shadow

the eyes of my heart clearly see him right in between our glorious and magnificent mother Josefina and our father Jose… They are caressing his face and kissing his hands showering him with Light and Love

We love cherish and honor

your soul MEMO”

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Posted by Carlos Santana on Friday, May 15, 2020

Going solo in the ‘70s, Jorge Santana released two albums, a self-titled LP in 1978 and it’s All About Love the following year. During this era—and into the 2010s—he also performed on multiple occasions with the Fania All-Stars with Cheo Feliciano and other iconic musicians.