BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #32: ‘OYE COMO VA’- SANTANA

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Billboard Hot 100 Hits 1971: #32: ‘Oye Como Va’- Santana. February 20, 1971

  • Single: ‘Oye Como Va”- Santana
  • Record Company-CBS
  • Genre: Latin Rock
  • Written by Tito Puente
  • Time: 4:17
  • B-side:’Samba Pi Ti’
  • Album- Abraxas
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #13 10 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

‘Oye Como Va’ was originally written and recorded by Tito Puente in 1962. The original was arranged as a cha-cha cha- the cover by Santana- is a rock song with electric guitar and organ. Tito Puente was pleased with the Santana version. Santana from 1969-2007 had 25 Hot 100 singles with 15 making the Top 40. Santana’s two #1 hits came later on- 1999’s ” Smooth” and 2000’s ” Maria Maria” Santana was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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