Santana is a popular American rock group formed in San Francisco in 1966 by Hispanic-American musician and singer Carlos Santana. The group has experienced many recording and performance line-ups throughout its history, including Carlos Santana, who is the only original member. The group's music is heavily influenced by hip-hop, jazz and blues and includes elements of pop and metal. Santana began as a guitarist for the popular San Francisco group The Yardbirds and later became a member of the famous funk group Soul Asylum.
Soul Asylum and The Yardbirds split in 1970 and Santana became a solo artist. Santana played a variety of styles, including acoustic, electric and blues, but his best-known style is modern rock with heavy influences of funk and R&B. The most important influence on Santana's music was his mentor, funk guitarist Carlos Santana, whose brother John, also a bass player, introduced him to the music of funk, R&B and soul.
For a brief period, Santana performed as a soloist with soul Asylum before forming his own band. While the group didn't last, their hit song "Hot Stuff" featured an excellent guitar solo by Santana. He then formed another band called the Yardbirds with bass player Sonny Terry, guitarist David Spunt and drummer Keith Moon. In addition to these four members, the band also featured drummer Eddie Hazel and keyboard player Ron Carter. Moon went on to form his own band, the Yardbirds.
Eventually, Santana formed the group known as Soul Asylum. Although Santana played some acoustic and electric guitar during Soul Asylum's early recordings, he eventually switched to keyboards to replace Hazel. Santana also wrote many of the songs and played them as a lead instrument, although he also occasionally played other instruments such as the banjo and saxophone.
After a brief period with Soul Asylum, Santana formed his first band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili Peppers are known for their high-energy live performances and their use of complex musical arrangements, including unusual rhythm sections. Santana plays on the album "Unleaded in Blood", which features contributions from all members of the band. The most well-known of the album's songs is the song "Give Me the Reason", which features a powerful drum beat from Flea and Tony Romanelli.
Santana's reputation grew in the 1980s, thanks to his extensive touring and recordings. His hits include "Blue on Black", "Man In The Mirror", "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", "Fire", "Samba", "Hasta la Vista"Is not No Use No More". He is often quoted as saying that he likes "to have a good time before going to sleep".