It started with a local news piece about illegal dumping in east Oakland, and ended with the reunion of two musical greats: Carlos Santana and his former Blues Band drummer Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone.
Malone was just another homeless person featured in KRON 4's "People Behaving Badly" segment two weeks ago, until he happened to mention that he was once a valued member of the original Santana band before trouble got him thrown in jail just before Woodstock, before the band hit it big.
Having been living on the streets ever since, Marcus had mostly long given on ever seeing his old friend Carlos Santana ever again.
That is, until the segment went to air.
Shortly thereafter, Santana phoned the station to ask for help tracking Marcus down. And on December 20 they were finally reunited.
"You don't know how hard I prayed to get to see you," Marcus told Santana.
And now that they've found each other again, Santana doesn't plan on letting Marcus get lost again.
"I want to offer him a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes, and just get him out of the street," he told CNN yesterday. "I want to offer my brother Marcus Malone an opportunity to record on the next album with the original band, with Greg Rolie."
Santana says he hoped to get some congas in Marcus's hands soon, so they can start recording as early as next month.