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The Tragedy Of Carlos Santana

Santana is one of the most enduring bands in rock history, and one of the few eponymous groups not named after its singer. That doesn't matter, because leader Carlos Santana's guitar work is so soulful, distinctive, and innovative. The band's brand of psychedelic rock-meets-Latin jazz took songs like "Evil Ways," "Black Magic Woman," and "Oye Como Va" to the top of the charts (and permanent rotation at rock radio stations).

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    The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Carlos Santana

    The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Carlos Santana

    Santana is one of the most enduring bands in rock history, and one of the few eponymous groups not named after its singer. That doesn't matter, because leader Carlos Santana's guitar work is so soulful, distinctive, and innovative. The band's brand of psychedelic rock-meets-Latin jazz took songs like "Evil Ways," "Black Magic Woman," and "Oye Como Va" to the top of the charts (and permanent rotation at rock radio stations).

    Was Carlos Santana Under The Spell Of A Cult Leader For Almost A Decade?

    Was Carlos Santana Under The Spell Of A Cult Leader For Almost A Decade?

    Carlos Santana has been a rock 'n' roll icon his entire adult life. He's such a well-known and well-loved member of today's classic rock and pop landscape that it's shocking to discover that at one point, Santana spent quite a long time following the teachings of a man many have declared to be a cult leader, even going to far as to change his name. Born July 20, 1947, in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico, per Britannica, Santana began playing the violin at the age of 5 before switching to guitar at 8. He started playing in bands in Tijuana as a teen, where his exposure to local music as well as American blues from the likes of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker paved the way for his future as a fusion artist who combined various influences and traditions into an innovative sound all his own.

    Why Carlos Santana Couldn't Record Music For Much Of The '90s

    Why Carlos Santana Couldn't Record Music For Much Of The '90s

    Santana was born in Mexico before moving to San Francisco. His father, Jose, a mariachi musician, taught his children how to play. Santana fell under the thrall of blues guitar players like B.B. King and determined that he would play guitar professionally. His father agreed, and the two went around bars playing music, wrote Rolling Stone. Carlos put together a band in the 1960s, and soon, he got a record deal and the gig of a lifetime: Woodstock. From there, it seemed to go only up for Santana. By 1970, he recorded two of his biggest singles, "Oye Como Va" and "Black Magic Woman." Hit songs and albums soon came in quick succession, but by 1990, he was left without a recording contract.

    The Tragic Death Of Carlos Santana's Father

    The Tragic Death Of Carlos Santana's Father

    Hard to tell which is more entertaining — the artist who kind of carries on a family tradition (the Barrymores have been producing actors for generations, not to mention Bach after Bach after Bach after....) or someone who just springs up without any apparent gene pool interference. For Carlos Santana, it was in the blood. Born July 20, 1947 in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico, Carlos had the good fortune to be parented by a professional violinist and singer, José. Carlos's first exposure to music-making was taking up the violin himself as a child, says Biography, but it didn't take. Fortunately for all of us, electric guitar did take.

    Why Carlos Santana And His First Wife Split After 30 Years

    Why Carlos Santana And His First Wife Split After 30 Years

    Although many rockstars have a reputation for living hard-and-fast lifestyles involving drugs, alcohol and women, many have chosen to get married in the midst of their careers or even before they've made it big. Carlos Santana is one example, having married his first wife Deborah King in 1973. Santana, the frontman behind the band of the same name and the man responsible for hits such as "Black Magic Woman", "Evil Ways" and "Oye Como Va," was previously married for 34 years to Deborah, the mother of his three children, according to Reuters.

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