Carlos Santana (The Great Hispanic Heritage) by Louise Chipley Slavicek

By Louise Chipley Slavicek

Those riveting personalities each one accomplished excellence, yet even more than their person accomplishments is the confident Hispanic picture they jointly characterize to the area. photos, illustrations, and vigorous textual content inform the tales ot those attention-grabbing ancient figures. together with his particular mixture of blues, rock, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, Santana has saved himsslf obvious at the renowned track scene for greater than 30 years.

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He marched up to Graham and asked him if his guitarist friend from Tijuana could join the group on stage. “He loves playing the blues,” 50 Marcum informed the surprised concert hall manager. Graham brusquely told Marcum that Bloomfield was in charge of the jam session and to ask him. To Santana’s delight Bloomfield agreed to Stan’s proposal and even lent Carlos his guitar. “So I got the guitar,” Santana remembered, “and stood there, waiting and waiting . . ”51 Bill Graham was immediately captivated by the young guitarist’s energy and passion and the distinctive, almost pleading tone he could create by holding a single note for an astonishingly long time, a musical technique Carlos had first acquired as a mariachi violinist in Mexico.

Knudson. The feeling was mutual. “Mr. Knudson believed in me,” Santana remembered. ”46 Knudson also told Carlos that he had heard through the grapevine that he was a talented musician. ”47 “When he said that,” Santana recalled more than three decades later, “I thought that a person was seeing right through me for the first time. . He made me aware that I have this potential. He gave me a quantum leap right there. . ”48 CARLOS’ BIG BREAK After his conversation with Knudson, Carlos began spending more time than ever at the Fillmore, studying the guitar playing techniques of performers such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.

At first, he shared a room in a rundown hotel with the drummer from El Convoy’s band. Within a few months, however, the two had been kicked out—presumably for playing their music too loud. Fortunately for Carlos, one of his mother’s friends from the old neighborhood took pity on the boy and invited him to live with her family. During the day, Carlos slept or hung out at the beach. Like 35 36 CARLOS SANTANA other teenagers of his era, he loved to browse through hot rod journals and the humor magazine Mad.

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