Santana – “No One To Depend On” Live
A Staple Song in FM Radio And A Certified Crowd Favorite
Less than ten seconds into the song and you will have that same old feeling you get when listening to any song from Carlos Santana. He sends you into a rollercoaster of emotions as he plays with his guitar using his characteristic style and unique signature. Take this song, “No One to Depend On” for example, which was written by Coke Escovedo, Mike Carabello, and Gregg Rolie. This single topped the charts and became a favorite during Santana’s live performances.
- Ranked 36th on the Billboard Hot 100
- Considered as part of Santana’s top 15 most successful songs
- Peaked at number 17 in Canada’s RPM Magazine charts
The song is very instrumentally based, with numerous bass and guitar riffs and a long instrumental introduction. The vocals start after 56 seconds. At the start of the song, a man can be heard saying something in Spanish. It is commonly believed to be the Spanish phrase, “Salpica Micaela,” said by José “Chepito” Areas himself to the other musicians about the style (rhythm or “feel”) to play the song. The song is famous for its “call and response” passage between the guitar and the bass.
One of the things he’s most famous about is with the fusion of latin music with rock. It has become an inspiration to several other guitarists. He has always had a gift of making his audience and listeners feel the thrill of his riffs and melodic lines — not to mention those epic solos!