Evil Ways was written by Clarence ‘Sonny’ Henry. It was first recorded by Willie Bobo in 1967. Santana recorded the song in 1969. It was released on their debut album Santana in 1969. It was later released as a single with Waiting on the B-side. It reached number nine on the Billboard chart. The single was released in the UK in 1970 with Jin-Go-Lo-Ba on the B-side. The song was part of the repertoire of Ringo Starr And The All-Starrs and was sung by Gregg Rolie.