The Bands: Santana


Today Santana revolves around one of its founders, Carlos Santana, and employs current stars to sing lead vocals--from Rob Thomas to Michelle Branch to Placido Domingo. But the original band (now enshrined in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame) was less Carlos' creation than one with equal members.

Left to right, the Woodstock-era Santana, 1969:
Carlos Santana, Lead guitar
Jose 'Chepito' Areas, Timbales
Michael Carabello, Congas
David Brown, Bass
Gregg Rolie, organ, Lead vocals
Michael Shrieve, Drums

Other Notable Former Members of Santana:
Neal Schon, Lead guitar
Alphonso Johnson, Bass (Gregg Rolie Band)
Tom Coster, keyboards (Vital Information)

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