Musician, singer Buddy Miles dead at 60

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Famed drummer, singer and songwriter Buddy Miles has died of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 60.

Santana, Sheen campaign for Chavez holiday

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Rock guitarist Carlos Santana and actors Martin Sheen and Edward James Olmos have joined the campaign for a U.S. national holiday to honor Cesar Chavez.

J. Lo, Baby Bash sing on new Santana CD

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash have collaborated with Carlos Santana on the new song, "This Boy's Fire," for the upcoming U.S. album, "Ultimate Santana."

Stars line up for MLK Jr. 'Dream' concert

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Dozens of U.S. luminaries are planning to participate in an upcoming New York concert honoring the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Aretha Franklin helps with King monument

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin will sing at the Dream Concert in New York to raise money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s monument on the National Mall in Washington.

Matchbox Twenty will perform benefit

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit in Las Vegas will feature performances by Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson and Carlos Santana, among others.

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'Dream Concert' features all-star line-up

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- Music icons Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana will perform in a fundraising concert for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.

New album finishes Kidjo's African trilogy

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- African-born singer Angelique Kidjo said her new album "Djin Djin" is the end of a trilogy about her racial heritage.

J.Lo high on 'influential' Hispanics list

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Bronx-born Jennifer Lopez will be on the cover of the new Spanish edition of People magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics."

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Tom Petty anticipating Billboard award

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Tom Petty says he's pleased and honored to be receiving this year's prestigious Billboard Century Award for career achievement.

Hits compilation head up albums chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The 20th installment of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series holds this week's the top spot on The Billboard 200 albums chart.

Santana plans Super Bowl of Consciousness

DENVER, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Grammy-award winning guitarist Carlos Santana has chosen Denver for the site of his 2006 "Super Bowl of Consciousness."

Santana grateful to all-star helpers

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Carlos Santana feels nothing but gratitude for the people who help him make his music these days.
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Carlos Santana
VAN2000102601 - 26 OCTOBER 2000 - VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA: Backed by a ten piece band, rock legend Carlos Santana has fans dancing in the aisles as he plays a full house at Vancouver's GM Place, October 26. rlw/hr/H. Ruckemann UPI

Carlos Alberto Santana Barragán (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. 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. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.

Santana was born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico. His father was a mariachi violinist, and Carlos learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight. 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 Latinos 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 joined his family in San Francisco later and graduated from James Lick Middle School and Mission High School there. He graduated from Mission High in 1965. Javier Bátiz, a famous guitarist from Tijuana, said to have been Carlos's guitar teacher who taught him to play a different style of guitar soloing. After learning Javier Batiz's techniques, Santana would make them his own as well.

"The '60s were a leap in human consciousness. Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Che Guevara, Mother Teresa, they led a revolution of conscience. The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix created revolution and evolution themes. The music was like Dalí, with many colors and revolutionary ways. The youth of today must go there to find themselves."

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