Santana Overview

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. The range of these artists has varied greatly. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world. They have won a total of 8 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards which were all awarded in 2000. Carlos won also 2 Grammy Awards like solo artist in 1989 and 2003.

The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the Santana Blues Band with the help of Tom Fraser.  The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums & percussion), Gus Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals & keyboards). 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 José Areas , David Brown David Brown (musician) , Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve being honored.*Santana Santana (1969 album) (1969)
*Abraxas Abraxas (album) (1970)
*Santana III (1971)
*Caravanserai Caravanserai (album) (1972)
*Welcome Welcome (Santana album) (1973)
*Borboletta (1974)
*Lotus Lotus (Santana album) (1974) (live)
*Greatest Hits Santana's Greatest Hits (1974) (compilation)
*Amigos (1976)
*Festival Festival (Santana album) (1977)
*Moonflower Moonflower (album) (1977) (Live/Studio)
*Inner Secrets (1978)
*Marathon Marathon (Santana album) (1979)
*Zebop! (1981)
*Shangó Shango (Santana album) (1982)
*Beyond Appearances (1985)
*Freedom Freedom (Santana album) (1987)
*Viva Santana! (1988) (live/studio)
*Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990)
*Milagro Milagro (Santana album) (1992)
*Sacred Fire: Live in South America (1993) (live)
*Live at the Fillmore 1968 (1997) (live)
*Supernatural Supernatural (Santana album) (1999)
*Tropical Spirits Part I and II (2000)
*The Ultimate Collection 2000 (compilation)
*The Essential Santana (2002) (compilation)
*Shaman Shaman (album) (2002)
*Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities (2003) (compilation)
*All That I Am All That I Am (Santana album) (2005)
*Ultimate Santana (2007) (compilation)
*The Very Best of Santana (live in 1968) (2007) (live)
*Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008) (compilation)
*The Woodstock Experience (2009) (live)

Top 40 Singles (Billboard, U.S.)

*Into the Night (2007) - #26
*Why Don't You & I (2003) - #8
*The Game Of Love (2002) - #5
*Maria Maria (2000) - #1
*Smooth (1999) - #1
*Hold On (1982) - #15
*Winning (1981) - #17
*Stormy (1979) - #32
*You Know That I Love You (1979) - #35
*She's Not There (1977) - #27
*No One to Depend On (1972) - #36
*Black Magic Woman (1971) - #4
*Everybody's Everything (1971) - #12
*Oye Como Va (1971) - #13
*Evil Ways (1970) - #9


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