Hispanic Heritage Month:
October 2, 2013
Name: Carlos Santana
Birth: July 20, 1947
Birthplace: Autlan De Navarro, Mexico
Carlos Santana has been a fixture on the music scene for more than four decades thanks to the music legend's ability to reinvent his sound. Few musicians can match the skillful blend of rock, rhythm and blues that has defined in his career.
In 1961, Santana moved with his family to San Francisco. He had already been playing the guitar for about six years when he founded the Santana Blues Band, which later became Santana. The group played shows around the Bay Area and was invited to play at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival.
A month after appearing at Woodstock, the band released its first album, Santana. He would go on to release more than 30 albums, many that went on earn gold and platinum status. In 1986, he wrote the score for La Bamba, the biopic of Ritchie Valens.
Santana has won 10 Grammy awards during his career and has recorded with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Herbie Hancock. Santana is the only band, other than the Rolling Stones, to have an album in the Top 10 during every decade since the 1960s.
Currently Santana is booked for exclusive performances at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas through late February. He is reportedly working on a new album.
Read more: Carlos Santana | Infoplease.com