Carlos Santana Biography

Topics: Carlos Santana, Santana, Eric Clapton Pages: 3 (1136 words) Published: April 4, 2007
Carlos Santana

Carlos Augusto Alves Santana aka Carlos Santana was born July 20 1947 in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico with a father of musical arts. When at the age of five he took up the violin which then developed his interested in music. Years later after his family moved to Tijuana it was then he began to play with the guitar, the instrument that would lead to his greatness. He was fascinated and surpassed his guitar heroes; they were John Lee Hooker, T. Bone Walker, and B.B. King. In 1961 Santana moved from Mexico to San Francisco, United States. In 1965 he graduated from Mission High school to then supported his family by getting a job as a dishwasher. He loved the San Francisco music scene, so to be able see his favorite artists he would sneak into Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium, like artists such as Muddy Waters & The Grateful Dead and Various musicians who sang jazz rock or the blues. Before 1970 Tom Frazier wanted to come up with a band with Tom playing the guitar, Santana playing the guitar & vocals, Mike Carabello playing the Percussion, Rod Harper playing the Drums, Gus Rodriguez playing bass guitar and a Settle native Gregg Rolie playing the organ & also doing vocals and they formed the "Santana's Blues Band." Later on the band became known as "Santana" with Santana, Rolie, David Brown on Bass, Bob Livingston on Drums and Marcus Malone on the Percussion. There has been curiousity on how the band picks up the Latin influence. Neither Santana or Rolie had an sympathy for the style. It has been known that Santana & Rolie hang out at the San Francisco Aquatic Park with conga players where they would get together and play music. At that time in his life he was being exposed to all kinds of music in San Francisco. In the Bay Area Gabor Szabo became one of Santana's Favorites, having a Latin Percussion to the band girls would dance to the beat of his music. Santana found out that the audience enjoyed the Latin Percussion and it...
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