Personalities | Santana | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1967–present)

A Latin-American take on what became known as jazz rock, the group led by Mexican Carlos Santana (guitar) were a palpable hit at Woodstock in 1969. This coincided with an eponymous debut album penetrating the US Top 10. An optimum commercial period – embracing US chart-toppers Abraxas and Santana III – was followed by dwindling success until ‘Smooth’ from 1999’s guest star-studded Supernatural spent weeks at No. 1 in the US and elsewhere, sparking an on-going reversal of fortune.

Styles & Forms | Sixties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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