Santana (band)

Santana (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Santana

Img_capt = Carlos Santana during a concert in 2005
Background = group_or_band
Alias = Santana Blues Band
Origin = San Francisco, California, United States
Genre = Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Hard rock, Psychedelic rock, Latin Rock
Years_active = 1966 – present

Santana is a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1966 in San Francisco. The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Frazier (guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums), Gus Rodriguez (bass) and Gregg Rolie (keyboard, vocal). In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve being honored.

Previous band members



Other instruments



*"Santana" (1969)
*"Abraxas" (1970)
*"Santana III" (1971)
*"Caravanserai" (1972)
*"Welcome " (1973)
*"Borboletta" (1974)
*"Greatest Hits" (1974)
*"Lotus" (1974)
*"Amigos" (1976)
*"Festival" (1977)
*"Moonflower" (1977)
*"Inner Secrets" (1978)
*"Marathon" (1979)
*"Zebop!" (1981)
*"Shangó" (1982)
*"Beyond Appearances" (1985)
*"Freedom" (1987)
*"Blues for Salvador" (1987)
*"Spirits Dancing in the Flesh" (1990)
*"Milagro" (1992)
*"" (1993)
*"Santana Brothers" (1994)
*"Supernatural" (1999)
*"Shaman" (2002)
*"The Essential Santana" (2002)
*"" (2003)
*"All That I Am" (2005)
*"Ultimate Santana" (2007)
*"The Very Best of Santana (live in 1968)" (2007)


*"Live" (1972)
*"Love Devotion Surrender" (1973)

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Official Fan Club]
* [ Santana at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website]
* [ JamBase Interview : Spirit Talk with Carlos Santana]

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