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Santana was formed originally in 1966 in San Francisco, California. Originally named The Santana Blues Band, they rose to international fame when they headlined at the Woodstock festival in 1969. This led to their second studio album, Abraxas(1970) becoming a Latin-Rock standard and a huge critical and commercial success. Over the years their line-up has changed constantly, allowing them to evolve with the times. Over 50 musicians have been in Santana over its 40 year history, but the only constant has been Carlos Santana himself. Various successful bands have been spawned by Santana, most notably Journey, formed by keyboardist Gregg Rolie and guitarist Neal Schon, both key members of Santana's early days. Following a brief quiet period in the early 1990s, Santana has returned to stardom by releasing two extremely successful albums featuring various guest vocalists, Shaman and Supernatural.
Santana's original drummer Mickaël Shrieve was one the youngest performers at the Woodstock Music Festival in the year 1969 with only 19 years of age.

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