Santana: Black Magic Woman

A lot of great bands came out of San Francisco in the late 60's, but one bands music was special and distinctive, it was called: SANTANA. The band would change players often, but that original group and the one honored in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included: Carlos Santana, Jose "Chepito" Areas, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve.

 

Santana is a very spiritual guy and as he studied for years with his guru, Sri Chinmoy, his music became a little more esoteric, but retaining that spice of Latin rhythms. One of the great things about the Hippy Time in Baghdad By the Bay was the peoples appreciation for all kinds of music; on any given night you could see the Dead playing with Santana on the same bill, or Big Brother and Janis opening for them.

 

Santana's breakout moment came at Woodstock in 1969 when their song, "Soul Sacrifice," stood out in comparison to the same sounding Rock bands. In 1998 Santana was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and went on to win 9 Grammys and 3 Latin Grammys in 2000.

 

The band Santana has sold over 90 million records world-wide, making it one of the best-selling groups in history. One of the things I liked about Carlos and his band was their lack of flash and bling in their performances, they were often in street clothes. That's the case in this tasty video from a 1980 show at the Tanglewood Summer Festival near Lenox, Mass.


One night the Boston Pops is playing there, often with a great solo performer, and the following night the Mexican boy from the Bay Area comes in and blows away the crowd with music that makes you want to move and dance. Here's Carlos and Santana with BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Live. @therealdonrocks
 

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