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Remembering Mongo Santamaria

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Remembering Mongo Santamaria

Remembering Mongo Santamaria

Remembering Mongo Santamaria

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Jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria dies on Feb. 1 at 85. Santamaria scored a Top-10 hit with his version of Herbie Hancock's jazz-funk classic "Watermelon Man" in 1963. He also wrote the song "Afro Blue," later performed and made famous by John Coltrane. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has a remembrance.

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