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Carlos Santana

A Grammy Award winning Mexican American rock musician and guitarist.

He became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which created a highly successful blend of rock, blues, salsa, and jazz fusion.

The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin percussion such as timbales and congas.

He experienced a sudden resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. Rolling Stone also named Santana number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.

At the end of 1966, guitarist Tom Frazier wanted to form his new rock band. Frazier joined Santana that included.

Santana - guitar, vocals
Tom Frazier - guitar,vocals
Mike Carabello - percussion
Rod Harper - drums
Gus Rodriguez - bass guitar
Gregg Rolie - organ,vocals

Hence forming the Santana Blues Band. 1967, San Francisco.

After a while, the group came to be known simply as "Blues Band". At this time it comprised Carlos Santana, Rolie, David Brown on bass guitar, Bob "Doc' Livingston on drums, and Marcus Malone on percussion.

Santana was signed to CBS Records and went into the studio to record their first album around 1966.

In 1970, the group reached its early commercial peak with their second album, Abraxas, which reached number one on the album charts and went on to sell over four million copies.

The innovative Santana musical blend made a number-four hit out of the English band Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman".

Carlos Santana, alongside the classic Santana lineup of their first two albums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Fleetwood Mac's founder Peter Green. Green was inducted the same night.

In January of 1972, Santana, Neal Schon and Coke Escovedo joined former Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles for a concert at Hawaii's Diamond Head Crater, which was recorded for a live album.

A collaboration with John Coltrane's widow, Alice Coltrane - Illuminations followed. The album delved into avant-garde esoteric free jazz.

Raul Rekow, who joined in early 1977 and remains to this day. Most-notable of the band's commercial efforts of this era was a version of the 1960s Zombies hit, "She's Not There", on the 1977 album Moonflower.

More radio-oriented singles followed from Santana the band. "Winning" in 1981 and "Hold On" a remake of Canadian artist Ian Thomas's song in 1982 both reached the top twenty.

Growing weary of trying to appease record company executives with formulaic hit records, Santana took great pleasure in jamming and making guest appearances with notables jazz fusion groups.

Supernatural won nine Grammy Awards (eight for Santana personally), including Album of the Year, Record of the Year for "Smooth", and Song of the Year for Thomas and Itaal Shur.

In August of 2003, Santana was named fifteenth on Rolling Stone magazine's "List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

In the mid 1970s Carlos Santana endorsed a lot of musical equipment, including the Gibson L-6S, and Mesa Boogie amplifiers.

Santana played a red Gibson SG Special with P-90 pickups at the Woodstock festival.

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