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Returning home yesterday (Feb. 27) after a 46-year absence, guitarist Carlos Santana unveiled a plaque in Autlan De Navarro declaring him the "favorite son" of the west-central Mexican town. "I scratch myself and I don't wake up," Santana said.
Mayor Armando Perez also gave him the keys to the town where Santana spent his early childhood and where his father was a well-known musician. The town's main street was named for Santana, and a statue of his father, mariachi musician Jose Santana, was unveiled.
Santana, who said he learned to play music in Autlan's church, and expanded his learning in Tijuana's bordellos, offered to finance a project for the town -- an airport, a hospital, a school, or a soup-kitchen for the poor.
The most creative years of 1980s new wave act Modern English will be celebrated on "The Best Of Modern English - Life In The Gladhouse 1980-1984." Due March 20 from 4AD/Beggars Banquet and named for a track on the band's 1982 album "After The Snow" (Sire), the set collects 16 tracks from three albums and two EPs, several of which are single or b-side mixes. The band formed in Colchester, U.K., in 1977 as the Lepers around the core of vocalist Robbie Grey, guitarist Gary McDowell, and drummer Richard Brown. The addition of keyboardist Steve Walker and bassist Mick Conroy created Modern English, who split in 1984 amidst the tensions of touring. Grey has continued off and on with different incarnations of the band, and recorded three albums under the old name.