In a career that spans over 50 years, Mexican-American guitarist, Carlos Santana, has successfully combined blues. rock and roll, salsa other genres into a sound that has been both critically acclaimed and hugely popular
In 1969, The Santana Blues Band's first album, Santana, soared to no. 4 on the U.S. charts. The second, Abraxas, included two major hits, "Oye Como Va", and "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen." The band’s music became more sophisticated with each release, incorporating elements of Jimi Hendrix-style guitar playing and jazz influences from Pharaoh Sanders, John Coltrane, and other jazz icons. On December 29, 2013, Carlos Santana was named a Kennedy Center Honoree. In 2016, he's still going strong.