Type: Scripted

Languages: Spanish

Status: Ended

Runtime: 44 minutes

Premier: 1996-01-22

Marisol - Rob Thomas (musician) - Netflix

Robert Kelly “Rob” Thomas (born February 14, 1972 in Landstuhl, Germany) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead singer of alternative rock band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist, with “Lonely No More” released in 2005 becoming his biggest solo chart success. Thomas earned three Grammy Awards for co-writing and singing on the 1999 summer smash hit, “Smooth” by Santana. He has been a songwriter for such artists as Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry. Since 1996, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including “Push”, “3AM”, “Real World”, “Back 2 Good”, “Bent”, “If You're Gone”, “Mad Season”, “Disease”, “Unwell”, “Bright Lights”, “How Far We've Come”, and “She's So Mean”. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Hal David Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry.

Marisol - 1999: "Smooth" - Netflix

In 1999, Latin guitarist Carlos Santana began putting together his comeback album, Supernatural, a series of duets. He was looking for one last song to complete the album. Songwriter Itaal Shur had given a demo tape to Santana's representatives. Although they liked the music, they thought the lyrics and melody could be strengthened. One of the executives sent the demo to Thomas, asking him if he'd like to work on it. Thomas had never worked on a song that he didn't intend to perform, and he was interested in the opportunity to try something new. He wrote the song intending for it to be sung by George Michael. Thomas wrote the verses to the song that became “Smooth”, and he and Shur collaborated on the chorus. He was inspired both by his wife, who is half-Spanish and half-Puerto-Rican, and by Santana himself. When he finished the song, he was unsure whether it was any good. His wife listened to the demo and told him, “This is going to be huge.” Santana heard the demo and said he couldn't determine at first whether it was a male or female singing. He had no idea who Thomas was, but he liked the voice and asked that Thomas sing on the record. When they first met, Santana asked Thomas if he were married to a Latin woman. The song was recorded live, in three takes. Thomas wasn't aware that it was going to be released as a single until he heard it on the radio. It was a massive hit, spending 58 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Billboard later named it the number 2 Hot 100 song of all time. It won three Grammy Awards, for Best Record, Best Song, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Its success earned him instant credibility as a songwriter. BMI named Thomas its 1999 Pop Songwriter of the Year for “Smooth” and his Matchbox 20 songs. “Smooth” increased his visibility, and that of Matchbox 20. The song's video, starring Thomas, was played extensively on VH1 and MTV. That exposure launched him out of anonymity. A new set of listeners, older than the band's initial fan base, was exposed to, and liked, Thomas's work. Yourself or Someone Like You continued to sell briskly. After winning at the Grammy Awards, Atlantic took out ads in many industry publications to make executives aware that Thomas had written not only “Smooth”, but also all of the songs on the Matchbox 20 album. Ron Shapiro, an executive at Atlantic, said, “It was our intent to get Rob and this band a substantial amount of credibility.” Thomas says that “Smooth” “really opened up the door for me as a songwriter and a solo artist.”

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