Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Timeline of Carlos Santana, a legendary Mexican-American guitarist renowned for his distinctive fusion of rock, blues, and Latin music. His pioneering sound and soulful performances have earned him numerous accolades, including multiple Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


July 20, 1947


Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico


Musician and songwriter


His education was primarily informal and self-taught. He developed his musical skills through his own dedication and passion for playing the guitar, drawing inspiration from various musical styles and cultures. His formative years were spent immersing himself in music, shaping his unique sound and approach to playing.
16 August 1969

Performance at Woodstock Festival

Carlos Santana's band Santana rose to prominence following a highly acclaimed performance at the Woodstock Festival on August 16, 1969. This performance helped the band gain significant attention in the music world.

22 August 1969

Release of Debut Album 'Santana'

Carlos Santana and his band released their self-titled debut album 'Santana' in 1969. It went on to become a commercial success, reaching the fourth spot on the U.S. album charts and was eventually certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

23 September 1970

Release of 'Abraxas'

On September 23, 1970, Santana released their second studio album 'Abraxas'. The album was a massive success and contained hits such as 'Black Magic Woman' and 'Oye Como Va'. It reached number 1 on the album charts.

01 January 1991

Introduction of the PRS Santana Signature Models

In 1991, Carlos Santana collaborated with Paul Reed Smith Guitars to introduce the PRS Santana I and Santana II models, which marked the beginning of a long-term endorsement and development of distinctive signature guitars.

15 September 1997

Induced into the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Carlos Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997, in recognition of his achievements in the music industry.

15 June 1999

Release of 'Supernatural'

After several years of lower-profile releases, Santana's album 'Supernatural' was released on October 19, 1998. It marked a significant return to form and commercial success, featuring collaborations with various artists.

23 February 2000

Eight Grammy Awards for 'Supernatural'

Santana's 'Supernatural' won eight Grammy Awards at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for 'Smooth'. This tied the record for most awards won by a single album at any one Grammy ceremony.

23 February 2013

Historic 'Santana IV' Reunion

On February 23, 2013, it was announced that the classic lineup of Santana would reunite for a new album, 'Santana IV'. This marked the first time in 45 years that this lineup recorded together.

15 April 2016

Release of 'Santana IV'

The 'Santana IV' album, featuring the reunion of the classic Santana lineup, was released on April 15, 2016, to positive reviews and chart success.

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