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Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a famous Mexican rock and roll guitarist, originally from Autlan De Navarro, Mexico. He became famous in the 1960s with a band named Santana.

Carlos Santana's father was a mariachi violinist and young Carlos learned the violin originally, but switched to the guitar when he was eight years old. After a family move to Tijuana, Santana began playing in clubs and bars; he remained in Tijuana when his family moved to San Francisco, California, but then joined them not longer after. In 1966, he helped found Santana Blues Band, eventually shortened to Santana. The band started playing at the Fillmore West, where many of the great San Francisco bands began. Santana's recording debut occurred on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. Singing to Columbia Records, Santana released a self-titled album, Santana, as a group consisting of Carlos Santana (guitar), Gregg Rolie (keyboards) and vocals), David Brown (bass guitar), Michael Shrieve (drums), Jose Areas (percussion) and Michael Carabello (percussion). On the tour to support the album, the band played at Woodstock; the set was legendary and vastly increased Santana's popularity. Santana became a huge hit, as did Abraxas (1970) and Santana III (1971). The band then disbanded.

Carlos Santana used the name and a series of changing musicians to continue to tour around the country, releasing several albums. During this period, Carlos took the name "Devadip", bestowed upon him by spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. Many albums followed in the 1970s, including collaborations with Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Booker T. Jones, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Carlos Santana legendarily returned to popular consciousness in 1999 upon the release of Supernatural, which included collaborations with Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton and Lauryn Hill and won eight Grammy Awards. Her latest album - Shaman has been popular but nowhere near as succesful as Supernatural.

Pick your favorite Santana CD - Discography of Santana's most popular albums

Shaman * Shaman *

Artist: Santana Released: 10/22/2002 Label: Arista Records Producer: Clive Davis; Carlos Santana

Mystical Spirits Mystical Spirits

Artist: Santana Released: 08/29/2000 Label: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra

Supernatural Supernatural

Artist: Santana Released: 03/17/2000 Label: Arista Records

Abraxas Abraxas

Artist: Santana Released: 03/24/1998 Label: Legacy Records Producer: Fred Catero; Santana

Sacred Fire: Live In South America Sacred Fire: Live In South America

Artist: Santana Released: 11/02/1993 Label: Polydor

Caravanserai Caravanserai

Artist: Santana Released: 08/19/1986 Label: Columbia Producer: Carlos Santana; Mike Shrieve

Best Of Santana (Legacy) Best Of Santana (Legacy)

Artist: Santana Released: 03/31/1998 Label: Legacy Records Producer: Bob Irwin (Compilation)

Best Of Santana Vol. 2 Best Of Santana Vol. 2

Artist: Santana Released: 11/21/2000 Label: Legacy Records

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