Carlos Santana (1947 –     ) is a Mexican-American musician credited with pioneering the Latin-fusion rock music genre with his 1960s-70s band Santana.

Born in Mexico, he moved to San Francisco as a child and was “discovered” as a guitar phenomenon by Bill Graham in 1966 when he played as part of an impromptu band filling a no-show slot at the Fillmore West. With Santana, he rose to international fame, performing one of the most talked-about sets at Woodstock in 1969. In addition to his many Grammys and Billboard Magazine awards, he was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award and Rolling Stone has named him #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”

Santana lived in San Rafael for decades, and his many businesses (recording, licensing, publishing) are still managed out of San Rafael via Universal Tone Management. With his family, he founded the Milagro (“Miracle”) Foundation in San Rafael in 1998. The foundation has since provided over five million dollars to help children and youth live healthy lives through education and disease prevention initiatives.

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