Carlos Santa

Mexican-American award-winning guitarist. Carlos Santana is leader of Santana, a band whose music uniquely blends Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa and African rhythms. Carlos became a naturalized American citizen in 1965.
Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947, Mexico. His father, Jose, was an accomplished professional violinist, and as a child Carlos learned to play the instrument from his father, though he ultimately didn't enjoy the tones he created. He would eventually take up the electric guitar, for which became his passion.
Inspired by the American rock & roll and blues music of artists like B.B. King, Ray Charles and Little Richard. In San Francisco, the young guitarist got the chance to see his idols, most notably King, perform live. He was also introduced to a variety of new musical influences, including jazz and international folk music, and witnessed the growing hippie movement centered in San Francisco in the 1960s. After several years spent working as a dishwasher in a diner and playing for spare change on the streets, Santana decided to become a full-time musician. In 1966, he formed the Santana Blues Band.
Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Santana and his band released a string of successful albums in their unique style. Nominated in nine categories at the Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year ,Supernatural Record of the Year and Song, Smooth, Santana won in every category. With his eight awards Santana tied Michael Jackson's 1983 record for most Grammy Awards won in a single year.

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