Carlos Santana

Birth name: Carlos Augusto Alves Santana
Born: July 20, 1947
Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, México
Genres: Latin rock, chicano rock, Rock, blues rock, funk, jazz fusion, tejano music, salsa, pop, free jazz
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, percussion, violin
Years active: 1964–present
Labels: RCA Records (2011-present)
Arista, Polydor, Columbia, Polygram, CBS
Associated acts: Santana, Los Lonely Boys, John McLaughlin

Notable instruments

  • PRS Santana II
  • Yamaha SG2000 Devadip
  • Yamaha SG175
  • Gibson SG



Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, Latin music and jazz fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards. more at Wikipedia…