• By John Smith
  • February 21, 2019
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Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán, born July 20, 1947, is an American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana. He pioneered a fusion of rock and roll and Latin American jazz. The sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin American and African rhythms, played on percussion instruments not normally heard in rock, such as timbales and congas. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 along with his band of the same name.

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