Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana

was born in Mexico on July 20 th 1947. His father was a violinist and not surprisingly, Carlos' first instrument was the violin which he started playing at 5yrs of age. By the age of 8yrs he started playing guitar. The family moved to San Francisco in the early 60s and shortly after this Carlos graduated from Mission High School , in 1965. He was a founder member of the Santana Blues Band which formed in 1966 with original members, Tom Frazier, Mike Carabello, Rod Harper,

Gus Rodriguez and Gregg Rolie. Later the name was shortened to Santana. The band debuted at the Fillmor West Theatre in San Francisco on June 16 th 1968. Later that year Carlos Santana played at a concert in the same theatre, held by Al Kooper to record a follow-up to his Carlos SantanaSuper Session album with Mike Bloomfield and Steve Stills. The result of this recording was The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper which featured the debut recording for Carlos Santana.

Santana signed with Columbia Records and recorded the Santana album. The band toured the United States which included an appearance at the famous Woodstock festival in August 1969. The Santana album was released the same month and was an immediate hit. Other massive hits followed with Abraxus in 1970 and Santana III in 1971. The original Santana band broke up soon after and Carlos Santana retained the rights to the name and proceeded Carlos Santanato play under this name, although the members of the band changed quite regularly. 1972 saw the release of the 'Santana & Buddy Miles Live' which went platinum. Santana teamed up with John McLaughlin, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Alice Coltrane to produce albums 'Love Devotion Surrender' & Illuminations. Carlos then focused on the Santana band releasing a string of gold and platinum albums including Borboletta, Amigos, Festival, Moonflower and Inner Secrets. A solo album 'Golden Reality' followed in 1979. A Santana gold album, Marathon , was realeased in 1979 and The Swing of Delight followed in 1980 which featured guest musicians Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter. 1981 and 1982 saw the release of Zebop and Carlos SantanaShango respectively. The following year, 1983, Carlos Santana with Willie Nelson , Booker T Jones and the Fabulous Thunderbirds released Havana Moon which was a more pop-oriented album that went into the top 40. More releases followed with albums such as, Beyond Apperances, Freedom, Blues For Salvador, Spirits Dancing in the Flesh. Carlos signed with polydor producing Milagro, his first album for this record company. A Santana live album Sacred Fire - Live in South America followed in1993 and in 1994 the Santana Brothers Carlos Santanaalbum featuring his brother Jorge and their nephew Carlos Hermandez was released. This album won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

Carlos did not return to the recording studio for about 5yrs when in June 1999 he released Supernatural with Artista Records; this was the greatest success of his recording career, selling over 10 million copies and won Santana 8 Grammy awards. Carlos Santana also wrote the music for the Richie Valens film La Bamba.