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Santana was born on July 20 1947 in Autlan de Navarro Mexico His dadwas a Violinist and Carlos learned to play the Guitar at age 8 In 1955he moved to Tijuana and began to play in strip clubs He was inspiredby BB King Little Richard and Ray Charles In the early 1960s hemoved again to San Francisco where his father hoped to find workIn San Francisco he got the chance to see his idols which madehim want to practice more to become better After severalyears of dishwashing in a diner he decided to become a fulltime musician In 1966 he formed a band called the SantanaBlues Band with fellow street musicians bassist David Brownand keyboard player Gregg RolieWith their highly original blend of Latin-infused rock jazz bluessalsa and African rhythms the band which quickly became known simply asSantana gained an immediate following on the San Francisco club scene Thebands early success capped off by a memorable performance at Woodstockin 1969 led to a recording contract with Columbia Records Their firstalbum Santana which came out in 1969 spurred by a Top 10 single EvilWays that went triple platinum selling over four million copies andremaining on the Billboard chart for over two years Abraxas releasedin 1970 went platinum scoring two more hit singles Oye Como Va andBlack Magic Woman The bands next two albums Santana III that cameout in1971 and Caravanserai which came out in 1972 were also criticaland popular successes As the bands personnel changed frequentlythe band Santana came to be associated almost exclusively with Santanahimselfwho soon became the only remaining member of the original trio Inaddition to his work with his band Santana recorded and performed witha number of other musicians notably including the jazz drummer BuddyMiles pianist Herbie Hancock and guitarist John McLaughlin Along withMcLaughlin Santana became a devoted follower of the spiritual guru SriChimnoy during the early 1970s Disillusioned with the druggy world of1970s rock music Santana turned to Chimnoys teachings of meditationand
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