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All the world knows the special magic of Carlos Santana Since 1966 he has led the group that bears his name selling over 30 million albums and performing before an estimated 13 million people In every performance Carlos shares with his audience a personal communication that crosses all boundaries and differencesCarlos was introduced to traditional music by his father Jose An accomplished mariachi violinist and experienced musician he taught Carlos the basics of music theory and gave him an understanding of the value of a note Although Carlos excitement for music would be sparked by his first experience he quickly discovered the limits of its traditional form and wanted more Carlos wanted to play the kind of music that was filling the radio waves and making people dance Tijuana 1955 the drastic change of moving from the small quiet town of Autlan to the humming thriving boom town of Tijuana brought a renewed hope and opportunity for a new life Both for Carlos and his family The eight-year old Carlos quickly left the violin for the guitar studying and emulating the sounds of BB King T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker Soon he was being asked to join local bands like the TJs where he added a unique touch and feel to his own renditions of all the great songs of the 1950s As he continued to play with different bands along the busy Tijuana Strip he not only started to perfect his style and sound but actually started bringing home enough money to really help his family His future looked promising In 1960 Carlos family moved to San Francisco while Carlos stayed in Tijuana for another year to make extra money until his family was settled However he soon found himself amid the multicultural atmosphere of San Francisco with all of its diverse musical styles It was here that Carlos would find what he had been searching for as if destiny had brought him
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