Welcome  again to another Friday Blues Menu Blog post . Friday Blues Menu is a a menu for a famous Blues artist and each friday we prapre one so we give our blues followers more blues  informations   about the artist like his career , his awards , the best of his blues videos performance , facts you gonna know them for the first time and if you know them already just hit the share button ,  anyway today we select the iconic blues legend Carlos santana he is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s
Santana was born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico. He learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight under the tutelage of his father, a mariachi musician. His younger brother, Jorge Santana, would also become a professional guitarist. Young Carlos was heavily influenced by Ritchie Valens at a time when there were very few Mexicans in American rock and pop music. The family moved from Autlán de Navarro to Tijuana, the city on Mexico's border with California, and then San Francisco. Carlos stayed in Tijuana but later joined his family in San Francisco. During his early years from the age of 10-12 he was sexually molested by an American man who brought him across the border In 1969, the santana's  band performance at the Woodstock festival introduced them to an international audience and garnered critical acclaim, although the band's sudden success put pressure on the group, highlighting the different musical directions in which Rolie and Santana were starting to go. Rolie, along with some of the other band members, wanted to emphasize a basic hard rock sound which had been a key component in establishing the band from the start. Santana, however, was increasingly interested in moving beyond his love of blues and rock and wanted more jazzy, ethereal elements in the music, which were influenced by his fascination with Gábor Szabó, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, and John Coltrane, as well as his growing interest in spirituality. At the same time, Chepito Areas was stricken with a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, and Santana hoped to continue by finding a temporary replacement (first Willie Bobo, then Coke Escovedo), while others in the band, especially Michael Carabello, felt it was wrong to perform publicly without Areas. Cliques formed, and the band started to disintegrate.
Consolidating the interest generated by their first album, and their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, the band followed up with their second album, Abraxas, in September 1970. The album's mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa and other influences was very well received, showing a musical maturation from their first album and refining the band's early sound. Abraxas included two of Santana's most enduring and well-known hits, "Oye Como Va", and "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen". Abraxas spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart at the end of 1970. The album remained on the charts for 88 weeks and was certified 4x platinum in 1986. In 2003 the album was ranked number 205 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


Guitars and effects

Santana's Yamaha SG2000 Devadip (1976, with inlay) on exhibit in the Berlin Musical Instrument Museum

The Carlos Santana exhibit in the Artist Gallery of the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix
Santana played a red Gibson SG Special with P-90 pickups at the Woodstock festival. During the time between the release of Abraxas and Santana III (1970–1972), he used different Gibson Les Pauls and a Black Gibson SG Special. In 1974 he played and endorsed the Gibson L6-S Custom. This can be heard on the album Borbeletta. From 1976 until 1982 his main guitar was a Yamaha SG 175B, and sometimes a white Gibson SG Custom with 3 open coil pick-ups. In 1982 he started to use a custom made PRS Custom 24 guitar. In 1988 PRS Guitars began making Santana signature model guitars, which Santana has played through its various iterations ever since (see below).
Santana currently uses a Santana II model guitar fitted with PRS Santana III nickel covered pickups, a tremolo bar, and .009-.042 gauge D'Addariostrings. He also plays a PRS Santana Multidimensional (MD) The Santana guitars feature necks made of a single piece of mahogany topped with Rosewood fretboards (some feature highly sought-after Brazilian Rosewood). This helps create the smooth, singing, glass-like tone for which he is known.
Santana Signature Models:
  • PRS Santana I "The Yellow"(1988)
  • PRS Santana II "Supernatural" (1999)
  • PRS Santana III (2001)
  • PRS Santana SE (2001)
  • PRS Santana SE II (2003)
  • PRS Santana Shaman SE-Limited Edition (2003)
  • PRS Santana MD "The Multidimensional" (2008)
  • PRS Santana 25th Anniversary (2009)
  • PRS Santana Abraxas SE-Limited Edition (2009)
  • PRS Santana SE "The Multidimensional" (2011)
  • PRS Santana Retro (2017)
  • PRS Santana Yellow SE (2017)
Santana also uses a classical guitar, he used the Alvarez Yairi CY127CE with Alvarez tension nylon strings , in the last years from 2009 he uses custom made, semi-hollow Toru Nittono's "Model-T" Jazz Electric Nylon.
Santana does not use many effects pedals. His PRS guitar is connected to a Mu-Tron wah wah pedal (or, more recently, a Dunlop 535Q wah  and a T-Rex Replica delay pedal. then through a customized Jim Dunlop amp switcher which in turn is connected to the different amps or cabinets.
Previous setups include an Ibanez Tube Screamer right after the guitar. He is also known to have used an Electro Harmonix Big Muffdistortion for his famous sustain. In the song "Stand Up" from the album Marathon (1979), Santana uses a Heil talk box in the guitar solo. He has also used the Audiotech Guitar Products 1x6 Rack Mount Audio Switcher in rehearsals for the 2008 "Live Your Light" tour.
Santana uses two different guitar picks: the large triangular Dunlop he has used for so many years, and the V-Pick Freakishly Large Round.

Personal life

Santana became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965.
On October 19, 2007, Deborah Santana filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences" after 34 years of marriage.
Santana became engaged to drummer Cindy Blackman, after proposing to her during a concert of the Universal Tone Tour at Tinley Park in suburban Chicago, Illinois, on July 9, 2010. The two were married in December 2010 . They currently live in Las Vegas.
Santana has 3 children: Salvador, Stella, and Angelica.


The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Santana has received ten awards and four nominations.
YearNominated workAwardResultRef.
1973"Caravanserai"Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal ColoringNominated[18]
1988"Blues for Salvador"Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)Won[19]
1993"Gypsy/Grajonca"Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceNominated[20]
1996"Every Now and Then" (with Vernon Reid)Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceNominated[21]
2000"Smooth" (with Rob Thomas)Record of the YearWon[19]
Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsWon[19]
SupernaturalAlbum of the YearWon[19]
Best Rock AlbumWon[19]
"Maria Maria" (with The Product G&B)Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalWon[19]
"El Farol"Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceWon[19]
"The Calling" (with Eric Clapton)Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceWon[19]
"Put Your Lights On" (with Everlast)Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or GroupWon[19]
"Love of My Life" (with Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford)Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsNominated[22]
2002"The Game of Love" (with Michelle Branch)Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsWon[19]

Grammy Hall of Fame

The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings, that are at least twenty-five years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance". One album by Santana was inducted.
1999AbraxasGrammy Hall of FameInducted

Guinness Book of World Records

The Guinness Book of World Records is a reference book published annually, containing a collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. Santana has been mentioned four times in the Guinness Book of World Records.
2000SantanaMost Grammy Awards won in a single year by a group (8 Grammys)Mentioned
SupernaturalBest-selling album by a Latin artist (more than 27 million records)Mentioned
SantanaLongest gap between first chart entry and first no.1 single (30 years)Mentioned
SantanaLongest gap between U.S. chart album hits (28 years)Mentioned

Hollywood Walk of Fame Award

Santana's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a permanent public monument to achievement in the entertainment industry. Each June, a committee selects approximately 20 celebrities to receive stars on the Walk of Fame during the following year. Carlos Santana has received a star on the walk in 1997.
1997Carlos SantanaA star located at 7080 Hollywood BlvdInducted

Latin Grammy Award

The Latin Grammy Award is an award given to musicians who have contributed to Latin music. It was established by National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 1991. Santana has received three awards
2000"Corazón Espinado"Record of the YearWon
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Duo or GroupWon
"El Farol"Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceWon

Latin Grammy Hall of Fame Award

The Latin Grammy Hall of Fame Award is given to Latin musicians or their works. One song by Santana has been inducted.[27]
2001"Oye Como Va"Induction into the Latin Grammy Hall of FameInducted

NAACP Image Award

The NAACP Image Award is an accolade that honors outstanding achievements and performances of people in film, television, music and literature, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. Carlos Santana has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2006Carlos SantanaNAACP Image Hall of FameInducted

Patrick Lippert Award

The Patrick Lippert Award is an award by Rock the Vote, a foundation that helps young people to promote their political statements. The award honors artists and other public figures that have made contributions to activism, volunteerism and political involvement. Carlos Santana has received one award for his work with the Milagro Foundation.
2001Carlos SantanaPatrick Lippert AwardWon

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Santana has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, among other influential musicians.
(Jose Chepito AreasDavid Brown, Mike Carabello,
Gregg RolieCarlos Santana, and Michael Shrieve)
Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameInducted

UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Spirit Award

Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah have been awarded the UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Spirit Award, an award named after Cesar E. Chavez and given to people for their social engagement.
2001Carlos Santana and Deborah SantanaAward for social engagementWon

VH1 awards

VH1, an American cable television network based in New York City, gives out annually the VHI Awards. Santana has won two awards.
2000Carlos SantanaMan of the YearWon
"Smooth"Your Song Kicked Ass But Was Played Too Damn MuchWon

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