When you hear her name, you probably won’t know who she is. But you have heard h…

Written by on November 16, 2017


When you hear her name, you probably won’t know who she is. But you have heard her. Today we are remembering the late Pattie Santos who would have been celebrating her 68th birthday today.

Pattie was one of the lead singers for the group It’s A Beautiful Day back in the late 60’s. She was the female vocal on the song “White Bird”, as well as many others.

“It’s A Beautiful Day” could have been a much bigger band, fame wise, if it were not for a coin. The band was almost invited to play at Woodstock. When Michael Lang was negotiating with Bill Graham to get the Grateful Dead to appear, Graham insisted Lang put one of two acts that he managed on the bill. (Lang had originally wanted “Chicago” to play the concert, but Graham booked them for a show in San Francisco during the festival dates) Lang listened to a tape of both It’s a Beautiful Day and the other band and liked them both so much that he couldn’t decide so he flipped a coin and It’s a Beautiful Day lost.

The band that won was Santana, who became stars overnight.

Pattie was killed in a car accident in Mendocino County, CA on Dec. 14, 1989.

Happy Birthday Pattie. RIP. You had the voice.




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