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Transcript of Carlos Santana
In the early 1960's
Santana and his
family moved to
San Francisco In 1966 Santana formed the Santana Blues
Band with fellow street muscisians David
Brown and Gregg Rolie. With their blend of Latin
infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa, and African rythems
the band soon became known as simply Santana. The bands first album Santana (1969) produced on a top 10 singal "Evil Ways" went triple platnum selling over 4 million copies and remaning on the Billboard chart for over two years. As the bands artists changed frequently the band Santana became associated almost exclusively with Carlos himself who soon became the only remaning member of the origional trio. During the 1980's Santana continued to tour and record both solo and with the band, but his popularity began to decrease. Santana left Columbia records in 1991 and signed with Polydor releasing two albums that were not very popular. Santana's phenomenal comeback on the pop charts began in 1997, when he re-signed the band with his first producer and mentor, Davis, then the president of Arista Records. Davis enlisted a roster of well known musicians among them Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, and Wyclef Jeanto all of whom performed on the legendary guitarist's 35th album, Supernatural, released in 1999. By early 2000 "Supernatural" had sold 10 million copies worldwide and produced a No. 1 hit single, "Smooth," featuring lyrics sung by Rob Thomas and Santana's Latin-spiced guitar playing. Nominated in nine categories at the Grammy's including Album of the Year (Supernatural), Record of the Year, and Song of the Year ("Smooth") Santana won in every category. With his eight awards (Song of the Year went to Thomas and Itaal Shur, who wrote "Smooth") Santana tied Michael Jackson's 1983 record for most Grammy Awards won in a single year.
Santana followed up his award-winning album with Shaman (2002). Snatana and Michelle Branch won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for the song "The Game of Love." Another group of interesting songs appeared on his next album All That I Am (2005). In which Santana worked with Mary J. Blige, Los Lonely Boys, Steven Tyler, and others on.
In 2009, Santana received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. He also debuted his own music review, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Santana also continues to take his music on the road, playing on numerous tour dates each year. Carlos Santana lives in Marin County, California, with his wife, Deborah, whom he married in 1973, and their three children, Salvador, Stella, and Angelica.