Carlos Santana

Carlos Augusto Santana Alves (Spanish: [.karlos sanˈtana] (listen); born July 20, 1947) is an American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of Rock and roll and Latin American jazz. Its sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin American and African rhythms played on percussion instruments not generally heard in rock, such as timbales and congas. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine listed him at No. 20 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists.[2] He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards,[3] and was inducted along with his namesake band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.[4]

Carlos Santana
Santana performing in 2011
Background information
Birth nameCarlos Augusto Santana Alves
Born (1947-07-20) July 20, 1947 (age 75)
Autlán, Jalisco, Mexico
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1965–present

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