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Album: SupernaturalReleased: 1999Charted:
The vocals were performed by an R&B duo called Product G&B. Santana returned the favor in 2001 when he played on the track "Dirty Dancin'" from their first album, Ghetto And Blues. Unfortunately for Product G&B, the album was never released. They were signed to J Records (Santana's label), who decided not to release the album after putting out two singles from it that promptly tanked. Because it costs so much to promote and distribute an album, record companies can cut their losses by refusing to release records that don't show promise, and the artists are then forced to distribute it through bootlegs or find another record company to pick it up. The unreleased album contained this song.
This won the 2000 Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Santana won eight Grammys that year, including Album of the Year.
The song was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis, who also helped write it. The vocalists, Product G&B, are Wyclef's protégés.
"Maria" is the main character in the play West Side Story. The play is mentioned in the lyrics.
Some of the words are in Spanish, including the chorus.
There is a remix of this song by Wyclef Jean on the Santana album Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities
In 2007, Carlos Santana opened a chain of music-themed Mexican restaurants in Northern California called "Maria Maria." They are named after this song.