“Suavecito” has come to be known as the “Chicano National Anthem”.
Malo was a popular and influential Latin rock group led by Jorge Santana, brother of guitarist Carlos Santana. Born in Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico, Jorge is the youngest of the three brothers and the second after Carlos to pick up the guitar. Formed in the late 1960’s and an active part of the San Francisco scene, Malo was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their sound was fueled by full horn and percussion sections and dual guitars. The group released four albums, with their self-titled debut their biggest, driven by the top 20 hit single, “Suavecito”, which the band Sugar Ray later sampled in their 1998 hit song “Every Morning”. “Suavecito” has come to be known as the “Chicano National Anthem”. Outside of the US, Malo developed a huge following in Central and South America, especially with the songs “Chevere”, “Nena”, “Pana”, “Café” and “Oye Mama”.