Inductees: Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals; born July 20, 1947), Jose Chepito Areas (timbales; born July 25, 1946), David Brown (bass; February 15, 1947 - September 4, 2000), Mike Carabello (congas; born November 18, 1947), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals; born June 17, 1947), Michael Shrieve (drums; born July 6, 1949)
Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock's true virtuosos and guiding lights. Since 1966, he has led the group that bears his surname, selling over 30 million albums and performing before 13 million people. Though numerous musicians have passed through Santana's ranks, the continuing presence of Carlos Santana at the helm has insured high standards. From the earliest days, when Santana first overlaid Afro-Latin rhythms upon a base of driving blues-rock, they have been musical sorcerers. The melodic fluency and kineticism of Santana's guitar solos and the piercing, sustained tone that is his signature have made him one of rock's standout instrumentalists. Coupled with polyrhythmic fury of drums, congas and timbales, the sound of Santana in full flight is singularly exciting. Underlying it all is Santana's belief that music should "create a bridge so people can have more trust and hope in humanity," - See more at: https://rockhall.com/inductees/santana/
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