Carlos Santana

American%e2%80%93mexican Guitarist
Born Jul 20, 1947
Age 68
Hometown Estado Libre y So...
Religion Christian
Height 5' 9½" (17...
Nationality American
Other Names Santana, Carlos A...
Eye Color Brown - Light

Carlos Augusto Alves Santana is a Mexican and American musician. He became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, Latin music and jazz fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on July 20, 1947.


1965 17 Years Old Carlos stayed in Tijuana but later joined his family in San Francisco, graduating from James Lick Middle School, and in 1965 from Mission High School. … Read More
1966 18 Years Old In 1966 he gained prominence due to a series of accidental events, all happening on the same day. … Read More


1969 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Their first album, Santana, was released in August 1969 and became a huge hit, reaching #4 on the U.S. album charts, with the catchy single "Evil Ways" reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. … Read More
1971 23 Years Old Teenage San Francisco Bay Area guitar prodigy Neal Schon was asked to join the band in 1971, in time to complete the third album, Santana III. … Read More
In January 1972, Santana, Schon, Escovedo, and Lewis joined former Band of Gypsys drummer, Buddy Miles, for a concert at Hawaii's Diamond Head Crater, which was recorded for the album Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! … Read More
Santana met Deborah King, whom he later married in 1973. … Read More


1979 - 1982 3 More Events
1983 35 Years Old The 1983 album Havana Moon revisited Santana's early musical experiences in Tijuana with Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" and the title cut, Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon". … Read More
1985 37 Years Old In 1985, Bill Graham had to once again pull strings for Santana to convince principal Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof to allow the band to appear at the festival. … Read More
1987 39 Years Old The band Santana returned in 1987 with a new album Freedom. … Read More


1988 40 Years Old In 1988 Santana organized a reunion with past members from the Santana band for a series of concert dates. … Read More
1990 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Santana left Columbia Records after twenty-two years and signed with Polygram. … Read More
1992 44 Years Old This was followed by Milagro in 1992, a live album Sacred Fire in 1993 and Brothers (a collaboration with his brother Jorge and nephew Carlos Hernandez) in 1994. … Read More


1998 - 2000 2 More Events
2001 53 Years Old In 2001, Santana's guitar skills were featured in Michael Jackson's song "Whatever Happens", from the album Invincible.
2002 54 Years Old In 2002, Santana released Shaman, revisiting the Supernatural format of guest artists including P.O.D. and Seal. … Read More
2003 55 Years Old In early August 2003, Santana was named fifteenth on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
On April 21, 2005, Santana was honored as a BMI Icon at the 12th annual BMI Latin Awards. … Read More
2006 58 Years Old In April and May 2006, Santana toured Europe, where he promoted his son Salvador Santana's band as his opening act.
2007 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Santana appeared, along with Sheila E. and José Feliciano, on Gloria Estefan's album 90 Millas, on the single "No Llores". … Read More


2008 60 Years Old In 2008, Santana was reported to be working with his longtime friend, Marcelo Vieira, on his solo album Acoustic Demos, which was released at the end of the year. … Read More
Carlos Santana performed at the 2009 American Idol Finale with the top 13 finalists, which starred many acts such as KISS, Queen and Rod Stewart.
2010 - 2011 2 More Events
2012 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Santana released an album Shape Shifter consisting of mostly instrumental tracks.
2014 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 6, 2014, his first ever Spanish language album Corazón was released.
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