34 Facts About Carlos Santana

1. Carlos Santana became engaged to drummer Cindy Blackman, after proposing to her during a concert of the Universal Tone Tour at Tinley Park in suburban Chicago, Illinois, on July 9, 2010.

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2. Carlos Santana uses two different guitar picks: the large triangular Dunlop he has used for so many years, and the V-Pick Freakishly Large Round.

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3. Carlos Santana has used the Audiotech Guitar Products 1x6 Rack Mount Audio Switcher in rehearsals for the 2008 "Live Your Light" tour.

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4. Carlos Santana is known to have used an Electro Harmonix Big Muff distortion for his famous sustain.

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5. Carlos Santana uses a classical guitar, he used the Alvarez Yairi CY127CE with Alvarez tension nylon strings, in the last years from 2009 he uses custom made, semi-hollow Toru Nittono's "Model-T" Jazz Electric Nylon.

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6. Carlos Santana played a red Gibson SG Special with P-90 pickups at the Woodstock festival.

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7. Carlos Santana moved to San Francisco and, in October 1966, started the Santana Blues Band.

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8. In 2017 Carlos Santana collaborated with the Isley Brothers to release the album The Power of Peace on July 28, 2017.

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9. In 2016 Carlos Santana reunited with past Santana band members Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello, Michael Shrieve, and Neil Schon to release the album: Santana IV and the band embarked on a brief tour.

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10. In 2012, Carlos Santana released an album Shape Shifter consisting of mostly instrumental tracks.

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11. Carlos Santana is featured as a playable character in the music video game Guitar Hero 5.

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12. On July 8, 2009, Carlos Santana appeared at the Athens Olympic Stadium in Athens with his 10-member all-star band as part of his "Supernatural Santana—A Trip through the Hits" European tour.

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13. Carlos Santana performed at the 2009 American Idol Finale with the top 13 finalists, which starred many acts such as KISS, Queen and Rod Stewart.

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14. In 2008, Carlos Santana was reported to be working with his longtime friend, Marcelo Vieira, on his solo album Acoustic Demos, which was released at the end of the year.

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15. Carlos Santana teamed again with Chad Kroeger for the hit single "Into the Night".

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16. Carlos Santana was the first songwriter designated a BMI Icon at the company's Latin Awards.

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17. In 2004, Carlos Santana was honored as the Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy.

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18. In early August 2003, Carlos Santana was named fifteenth on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

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19. Carlos Santana performed "Black Magic Woman" with the writer of the song, Fleetwood Mac's founder Peter Green.

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20. Carlos Santana kicked off the 1990s with a new album Spirits Dancing in the Flesh in 1990.

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21. In 1990, Carlos Santana left Columbia Records after twenty-two years and signed with Polygram.

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22. In 1988 Carlos Santana organized a reunion with past members from the Santana band for a series of concert dates.

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23. Carlos Santana felt too that his fame was being used to increase the guru's visibility.

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24. Carlos Santana was becoming increasingly disillusioned with what he thought were the unreasonable rules that Chinmoy imposed on his life, and in particular with his refusal to allow Santana and Deborah to start a family.

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25. Carlos Santana recruited soprano saxophonist, Jules Broussard for the lineup.

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26. Carlos Santana was given the name Devadip, meaning "The lamp, light and eye of God".

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27. In 1972, Carlos Santana became interested in the pioneering fusion band the Mahavishnu Orchestra and its guitarist, John McLaughlin.

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28. Together with wife Deborah, Carlos Santana founded a not-for-profit organization, the Milagro Foundation, which provides financial aid for educational, medical, and other needs.

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29. Carlos Santana replaced him with Mike Shrieve, who had a strong background in both jazz and rock.

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30. Carlos Santana was signed by CBS Records and went into the studio to record their first album in January 1969.

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31. Carlos Santana was a frequent spectator at Bill Graham's Fillmore West.

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32. Carlos Santana was introduced to a variety of new musical influences, including jazz and folk music, and witnessed the growing hippie movement centered in San Francisco in the 1960s.

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33. Carlos Santana was accepted at California State University, Northridge, and Humboldt State University, but chose not to attend college.

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34. Carlos Santana experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s.

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