When Latin funk and Latin rock had its brief moment in the sun during the '70s, a number of groups emerged. Most were imitation Santana
s, but at least Malo
could boast that it had a real Santana
in the lineup. Carlos Santana
's brother Jorge
, and he possessed a little of his brother's vocal sound. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough to keep Malo
going more than a few years. Their debut LP for Warner Bros. reached number 14 on the pop charts, but it was all downhill from there. The single "Suavecito" peaked at number 18 pop. They got very little attention from R&B or funk fans.