Santana: “Jingo”

ALBUM: Santana

YEAR: 1969

WRITER: Babatunde Olatunji

The first single off Santana’s first album, it peaked at number-56 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Jingo,” which was written and first recorded by Nigerian drummer Olatunji, became Santana’s first single ever. Carlos Santana says hearing it brings him back to the place in San Francisco where the band often jammed outdoors in their early days. “Aquatic Park. We should write a whole book about Santana and Aquatic Park, but that’s where we would be coming from, man. People’d go out there and drink some wine and start singing ‘Jingo’ even to this day. When I first started it was mainly blues, but then we saw how you can play the blues to Aquatic Park music, and that’s when you get rhythm and melody. Melody is feminine, rhythm is masculine, and you have a ball.”

Santana‘s self-titled debut entered the Billboard album chart on September 13th, 1969, on its way to peaking at number-four.


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