Santana

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. The range of these artists has varied greatly. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.


Overview


The band was formed in 1966 in San Francisco. The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums & percussion), Gus Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals & keyboards). In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.


Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve being honored.


Previous band members


Vocals
Keyboards
Guitar
Gregg Rolie: 1966-72
Leon Thomas: 1973
Leon Patillo: 1973-1975
Evan Thur: 1974-75
Greg Walker: 1975-76, 1976-79, 1983-85
Luther Rabb: 1976
Joel Badie: 1976
Chad Kroeger: 2006, present
Alex Ligertwood: 1979-83, 1984-85, 1987, 1989-91, 1992-94
Buddy Miles: 1986, 1987
Tony Lindsay: 1991, 1995 - present
Vorriece Cooper: 1993
Curtis Salgado: 1995
Ifrab Musflyleng: 1995
Various guest singers: 1999 - present
Gregg Rolie: 1966-72
Tom Coster: 1972-78, 83, 86
Richard Kermode: 1972-73
Leon Patillo: 1973-1979
Chris Rhyne: 1978-79
Alan Pasqua: 1979-80
Richard Baker: 1980-82
David Sancious: 1984
Sterling Crew: 1986
Lawrence Rogers: 1994-1998
Chester Thompson(Tower of Power): 1983 - present
Tom Frazier: 1967-70
Neal Schon: 1971-72
John McLaughlin: 1973
Doug Rodrigues: 1972-1973
Chris Solberg: 1978-80
Alex Ligertwood: 1979-83, 1984-85, 1987, 1989-91, 1992-94
Jorge Santana: 1993 - 1996
Alec Evans: 1997 - 1999
Bass Guitar
Drums
Percussion
Gus Rodriguez: 1970-71
David Brown: 1967-71, 1974-76
Tom Rutley: 1971-72
Doug Rauch: 1972-73
Byron Miller: 1976
Pablo Telez: 1976-77
David Margen: 1977-82
Keith Jones: 1983-84, 1989
Alphonso Johnson: 1985-89, 1992
Benny Rietveld: 1990-92, 1997-
Myron Dove: 1992-1996
Chris Schwegler: 2006 - present
Rod Harper: 1966-67
Bob Livingston: 1967-69
Michael Shrieve: 1969-74, 1988
Buddy Miles: 1972
Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler: 1974-76, 1988
Gaylord Birch: 1976, 1991
Graham Lear: 1976-84
Chester C. Thompson: 1984
Oscar Cozens: 1985-87
Walfredo Reyes: 1989-91, 1992-93
Billy Johnson: 1991, 1994, 2000-2001
Rodney Holmes: 1993-94, 1997-2000
Tommie Bradford: 1994
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: 1997
Ricky Wellman: 1997
Dennis Chambers: 2004 - present
Mike Carabello (Congas): 1966-67, 1969-71
Marcus Malone (Congas): 1967-69
Jos? "Chepito" Areas (Timbales): 1969-77, 1988-89
Rico Reyes (Timbales): 1971, 1972
Victor Pantoja (Timbales): 1971
Coke Escovedo (Timbales): 1971-72
Pete Escovedo (Timbales): 1971, 1977-79
James "Mingo" Lewis (Congas): 1972-1972
Armando Peraza (Congas, Bongos): 1976, 1977-90
Raul Rekow (Congas, Percussion): 1976 - present
Francisco Aguabella (Congas): 1969 - 1971
Orestes Vilat?? (Timbales): 1980-87
Karl Perazzo (Timbales): 1991 - present
Other Instruments
 
Jules Broussard: Saxophone 1974-75
Miles Davis: Trumpet 1976
Alex Jackaman: Trumpet 1993
Oran Coltrane: Saxophone-1992
Russell Tubbs: Flute - 1978
 

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