Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer School of Rock - Santana

Carlos Santana was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1947 and learned to play the violin before he ever picked up a guitar.  His family moved to San Francisco when he was a child.  He was mostly self-taught, and was greatly inspired by Richie Valens at a time when there weren't many other musicians from Latin backgrounds playing rock music.

Once he committed to pursuing music as a career, it took off quickly.  His unique sound drew a large following quickly.  He blended Latin music with rock and blues.  He can play a guitar like no one else can.

He formed the group Santana, and they played on the most famous stage of 1969, Woodstock, before the band had even released an album.  In a heartbeat, fame.

The instant stardom took it's toll on the band, with many members coming and going.  Drug use was rampant, and Santana realized quickly that he needed to take the reigns.

Over the years, he's formed and dissolved several other bands.  At the center of them all, though, was his guitar.  He faded into the background towards the late 80's and 90's until a few collaborative efforts with other performers thrust him back into the spotlight.

Smooth and Maria, Maria became chart topping hits, in part because of his intricate stylings.

Proving that he's still got it after all these years, Supernatural went 15 times platinum, and won him 9 Grammy Awards in 2000.

Santana is currently touring with The Allman Brothers.

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