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Santana is a rock band based around guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. It first came to public attention after performing at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, when the band's Latin rock provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This initial exposure made its first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by successful follow-ups Abraxas and Santana III.

Over the next few years, lineup changes were common and frequent, and although retaining a basis of Latin rock, Carlos Santana's increasing involvement with guru Sri Chinmoy took the band further into more esoteric music, which continued for many years, although never quite losing the initial Latin influence.

In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve being honored.

Santana has achieved a total of eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards which were all awarded in 2000. Carlos also won two Grammy Awards as a solo artist in 1989 and 2003.

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Santana discography
Studio albums 28
Live albums 10
Compilation albums 21
Singles 58
Collaboration albums 27
Guest appearances/songs 49
Guest appearances/videos 10
The discography of Carlos Santana and his band Santana, an Mexican-American rock guitarist, currently consists of 28 studio albums, 10 live album, 37 singles and 21 compilation albums. Carlos Santana also has collaborated 27 albums with numerous artists. He appeared in 49 songs as a guest guitarist and 10 in music videos. The band has achieved 4 number one studio albums in Billboard (Abraxas, Santana III, Supernatural, Shaman) and 2 number one singles (Smooth, Maria Maria)

At the beginning of their music career, Santana signed to Columbia and released their debut album Santana. The albums were sold well, until the years from 1983 to 1994. After switching through small labels they finally signed to Arista. Santana released the extremely successful album Supernatural 1999 as well as the three years later released album Shaman. On September 21, 2010 they released Guitar Heaven, on which they perform covers from well-known artists. Santana performed 37 singles alone, until he decided to collaborate with popular artists, such as Chad Kroeger or Steven Tyler.


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New Year's Eve 1976; at the Cow Palace, San Francisco Photo: David Gans

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"Maria Maria" is a song by Santana featuring The Product G&B. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for ten weeks on April 8, 2000. At the 2000 Grammy Awards, the song won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

In 2008, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100 chart, Billboard compiled its list of the top 100 songs since the inception of the chart in various categories. "Maria Maria" came in at #96 on the list of the Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs, and #2 on the list of Top Billboard Hot 100 Latin Songs of All Time. Later, it was named the 14th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.



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