Happy Birthday Carlos Santana!
Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico.
Carlos Santana began playing the violin at age five; by age eight, however, he had switched to the guitar and as a teenager, he played in bands in Tijuana, Mexico.
His family moved to San Francisco in the 1960s and Carlos, influenced by the Bay Area’s burgeoning rock scene, in 1966 formed the Santana Blues Band, which came to the attention of rock music impresario Bill Graham. The band began performing at the legendary club Fillmore West, and, though largely unknown, it triumphed at the Woodstock festival in 1969.
Signed to Columbia, Santana’s band, by then known as Santana, released a series of hit albums that infused rock with a Latin feel rooted in Afro-Cuban rhythms and that centred on Carlos’s extraordinary lead guitar playing: 'Santana', featuring the Top Ten hit 'Evil Ways', 'Abraxas' with the hits 'Black Magic Woman' and 'Oye Como Va'. 'Santana III' (1971) and Caravanserai (1972) followed.
Over the next two decades the group’s output was more uneven, and less commercially successful, as Santana led ever-shifting personnel toward a jazz-rock fusion that reflected his admiration for Miles Davis na dJohn Coltrane and resulted in collaborations with jazz artists such as Buddy Miles, Stanley Clarke, and John McLaughin. Having earlier shown an interest in spirituality, particularly the philosophy of Sri Chimnoy, Santana became a born-again Christian in 1992. Meditation and mysticism became central to his life, and he began to see himself as a musical shaman whose pursuit of songs that offered hope and healing culminated in 'Supernatural', released in 1999. 'Supernatural' helped Santana launch an important comeback. In 2000 he won 3 Latin Grammy and 8 Grammy awards, including album of the year for 'Supernatural' and song of the year for 'Smooth', featuring Rob Thomas.
In 1998 Santana’s lasting contribution was marked by his group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among his later releases were the albums 'Shaman' (2002), which won a Grammy for 'The Game of Love' (featuring Michelle Branch), and 'All That I Am' (2005). In 2013 he was named a Kennedy Center honoree.
'Santana IV' is Santana's twenty-third studio album and the fourth album by almost the entire Woodstock-era classic Santana lineup. It was released on April 15, 2016.