Guitar legend Carlos Santana turns 65 today. Happy Birthday! Feliz cumpleaños!
Santana--with 10 Grammys, 32 singles, and 52 albums to his name (not to mention his band 'Santana')--will be celebrating the big 6-5 doing what he does best: Rock. The artist is currently on tour promoting his latest studio album Shape Shifter, released May of this year.
Carlos and his band took the stage at Woodstock in 1969 with instrumental songs like "Soul Sacrifice," introducing the crowd to his Afro-Latin Blues fusion. Since then their music has been heard worldwide, the piercing shrill and sometimes melodious sound of his guitar becoming a signature component of their singles.
In 1998, the band entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2003, Carlos was ranked #15 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time."
But for all the millennials too young to have known the big haired Mexican artist in his twenties, the sound of Santana's 1999 Supernatural album should be more familiar. Comprised almost entirely by collaborations with popular young artists of the time--names like Rob Thomas, Everlast, and Maná--the album won a record setting 8 Grammys, including 'Album Of The Year' and 'Best Rock Album.'
Carlos won the Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, but we'd like to pay homage to the guitar legend with five of his most famous collaborations.
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