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Santana to Hosanna with Leon Patillo

Santana to Hosanna with Leon Patillo

Update: 2024-03-19


He was the lead singer of one of the worlds most popular rock bands, and hung out  with the likes of Smokey Robinson, The Pointer Sisters, Earth Wind and Fire and more.   Leon Patillo was the lead singer for Santana and his music career was legendary.   In the late 70's his life pivoted and he made the dramatic switch to what turned out to be the very beginnings of Contemporary Christian Music.  Creating music that worshiped God with lyrics of praise in a totally new musical form with catchy choruses and rock band styling.  Drums, electric guitars and electronic keyboards helped to bring the word of God to a whole new generation.  And it all started as a kid on a homemade cardboard keyboard.

Leon worked closely with Bill Graham, the  concert promoter,  and then Billy Graham the evangelist.   From being baptized by the renowned pastor who was at the heart of the Jesus Revolution, Chuck Smith, to a concert tour in Ukraine, and the launch of a program for Kids, called SING...Leon's story has Jesus all over it.   

A movie about his fascinating life and the true story of a bullied suicidal teen  are in the works, likely to be released in 2025.  

Enjoy these few minutes with Leon Patillo. 

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Santana to Hosanna with Leon Patillo

Santana to Hosanna with Leon Patillo

Host Ric Hansen and friends. Produced by Klem Daniels