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October 16, 1990

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Rock guitarist Carlos Santana has accused the Miller Brewing Co. of mimicking without authorization his rendition of ″Black Magic Woman″ in a TV commercial.

The lawsuit filed Monday alleges Miller and its New York ad agency, Backer Spielvogel Bates Inc., violated trademark law in the commercial for Miller Lite Beer. Santana’s lawyer, David Phillips, said damages may surpass $1 million.

The lawsuit claims the brewer knowingly used an ″imitation of Santana’s distinctive guitar playing.″

Last year, singer Bette Midler was awarded $400,000 after suing an advertising agency for using a soundalike in a 1986 car commercial.

Although Santana did not write ″Black Magic Woman,″ the lawsuit said, the public considers it his ″theme song.″ Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac wrote the 1970 hit.

Miller spokesman Steve Forsythe said the brewer had no comment.


NEW YORK (AP) - Andie MacDowell, the repressed young wife in ″sex, lies and videotape,″ flinches at the possibility of becoming a superstar.

″I like doing normal things, like going to Disney World with my family. And it would be terrible not to be able to because of fame,″ MacDowell said in the November issue of Glamour magazine.

MacDowell, who was a top model before landing her first role in ″Greystoke,″ lives in a Victorian house in upstate New York with her husband, model Paul Qualley, son Justin, 4, and daughter Rainey, 18 months.

She said if she weren’t an acress she would be ″a mother and a gardener.″

″I’ve got a huge vegetable garden, everything from arugula to broccoli, to corn to sunflowers,″ she said.

She has two new movies coming out soon: ″The Object of Beauty,″ with John Malkovich and ″Green Card″ with Gerard Depardieu.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans snapped up tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s first formal concert in two years in just 45 minutes.

About 4,500 tickets were sold for the Nov. 16 show, said spokesman Brian Fenske of the 6,300-seat Shrine Auditorium. The $100, $50 and $25 tickets went on sale Sunday.

The remaining tickets went to the non-profit Christic Institute and weren’t for sale.

The concert with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne will raise money for the institute, which is waging a lawsuit accusing the United States of involvement in the drug trade.

″We are not surprised,″ said the Rev. William Davis, the group’s Wnce 1970 and recently refused a ride in an NBC limousine during a promotional tour for his new TV series, ″Parenthood.″

Instead, Begley said in the November issue of Redbook, he rode his bike from his San Fernando Valley home to the Century City studio.

″It’s late. But it’s not too late,″ said the former ″St. Elsewhere″ star, who is on the boards of seven environmental organizations and recycles everything from newspapers to metal products.

″People have to realize that they can turn this around quicker than they think. How? By exercising their voting power and their purchasing power.″

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