Malo

Malo

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandRockLatin

Legendary Latin Rock band Malo is one of the most successful and enduring bands in the world. Their 1972 hit single, “Suavecito” is the ultimate Hispanic love song, and four decades later, still one of the most played tracks on classic radio.

Malo's line-up has been a virtual who's who of Latin Rock all-stars, including trumpeteer Luis Gasca, percussionists Pete & Coke Escovedo, Francisco Aguabella, and Victor Pantoja, keyboardist Richard Comode, musicians Tom Poole, Raul Rekow, and Pablo Tel

Biography

Legendary Latin Rock band Malo is one of the most successful and enduring bands in the world. Their 1972 hit single, “Suavecito” is the ultimate Hispanic love song, and four decades later, still one of the most played tracks on classic radio.

Malo's line-up has been a virtual who's who of Latin Rock all-stars, including trumpeteer Luis Gasca, percussionists Pete & Coke Escovedo, Francisco Aguabella, and Victor Pantoja, keyboardist Richard Comode, musicians Tom Poole, Raul Rekow, and Pablo Tellez, as well as lead vocalist Richard Bean (of Sapo fame). Emilio & Gloria Estevan credit Malo with helping them to create their very own Miami Sound Machine. Malo has toured the world, playing with such rock greats as The Rolling Stones, WAR, Tierra, El Chicano, and Queen, and still continue to tour extensively, forty years after their debut.

The story of this enduring band begins with lead singer Arcelio Garcia. As a teenager, Arcelio was invited to join a band called the Malibus, named after the Chevy sportscar. They became a very well known and popular band in the Bay area in the mid-sixties, playing R&B, and subsequently expanded their sound to what is know as Latin Rock.

A few years into the career of the Malibus, a guitarist was added named Jorge Santana, the brother of the already famous Carlos Santana. In 1970, the Malibus changed their name to Malo and the rest is history. At times numbering as many as ten or more musicians, Malo's sound was different than Santana’s, with the line-up including a powerful horn section.

They were signed to Warner Brothers Records and recorded their first album, which was released in 1972, simply entitled "Malo". Arcelio co-wrote four of the six songs, including their classics "Nena" and "Cafe". Their biggest hit “Suavecito" evolved from a song they had written and been doing in clubs called “My Love.” Richard Bean, band member at that time, wrote a new lyric, thus giving birth to the major hit, while members Pablo Tellez and Abel Zarate also assisted in the composition.

Warner Brothers released Malo's second album, "Dos" in 1972, followed by "Evolution" in 1973. Illness kept Arcelio Garcia out of the group for a year in 74-75. This was the period when Little Willie G., formerly of Thee Midniters of East L.A., came in and became lead singer for Malo. Willie did one album entitled “Ascención” and toured with the band. This album was Malo's last with Warner Brothers.

Malo's current lineup includes: Arcelio Garcia, lead vocals and leader of the group; Jorge Santana, Lead Guitar; Gabe Manzo, Guitar; Gus Bogios, Bass; David George, Drums; Daniel Cervantes, Keyboards; David Chavez, Congas; Gibby Ross, Timbales; Jack Musgrove, Trumpet; Brian Beukelman, Trumpet; Pete Rodriguez, Trumpet / Trombone