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Santana is an American Latin-style rock band formed in the late 1960s by lead guitarist and namesake Carlos Santana. They first gained recognition after playing at Woodstock, and became famous for pioneering a fusion of rock, salsa and jazz music. Their popularity dwindled after the 70s but they made a huge comeback in the late 90s with the Supernatural album and the hit single "Smooth". Throughout their history Carlos Santana has been their only permanent member and from the Supernatural album onward lead vocals have been provided by a rotating roster of guest musicians.

Also worth noting is that in 1973 former Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie formed Journey, which started out as a Santana-like band but went on to become one of the biggest Arena Rock bands of The Eighties.


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