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Santana is a Latin music influenced Grammy Award winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, rock band. Founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s, it is based around the compositions and playing of lead guitarist and founder Carlos Santana. The band first came to widespread public attention when their performance of their Latin rock song "Soul Sacrifice" at Woodstock in 1969 provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This exposure helped propel their first album, also named Santana, into a hit, followed in the next two years by the successful Abraxas and Santana III.
In the years that followed lineup changes were common. Carlos Santana's increasing involvement with guru Sri Chinmoy took the band into more esoteric music, though never quite losing its initial Latin influence.
In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve being honored.
The band has earned eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the latter all in 2000. Carlos also won Grammy Awards as a solo artist in 1989 and 2003. Santana has sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. In 2013 Santana announced a reunion of the classic line-up for a new record, predicting a 2014 release
The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the Carlos Santana Blues Band with the help of Tom Fraser. The first established members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Mitch Mitchell (percussion), Rod Harper (drums), David Brown (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals, Hammond Organ B3). The group's first audition with this line up was at the Avalon Ballroom in the late summer of 1967. After the audition, Chet Helms the promoter, in concert with The Family Dogg, told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested Carlos keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock's Drive-In on 3rd St.
Santana was announced as one of the performers at the Woodstock Festival. The band started recording their 1969 debut album Santana in May 1969 and finished it in a month.
Santana performed at the festival with a huge crowd. Later that month, they released their debut album which peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200 pop chart with the single "Evil Ways" being a top 10 single in the US.
Carlos Santana – vocals, guitars (1966–present)
Gregg Rolie – vocals, keyboards (1966–1972,2013-Present)
Neal Schon – guitars (1971–1972, 2013-Present)
Michael Shrieve – drums (1969–1974, 1988, 2013-present)
Michael Carabello – percussion (1966-1967, 1969–1971,2013-Present)
Benny Rietveld – bass (1990–1992, 1997-present)
Also known as Santana Blues Band
Origin San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genres Chicano rock, Latin rock, jazz fusion, blues rock, psychedelic rock, funk rock, hard rock
Years active 1967–present
Labels Sony Music, Columbia, Polydor, Arista, Starfaith
Associated acts Steven Tyler, Rob Thomas, Everlast, Vanessa Carlton, Journey, Michelle Branch, Jessica Harp, The Wreckers, The Product G&B, Wyclef Jean, Jacoby Shaddix
Members Carlos Santana