GALLERY: Santana

It was smooth sailing for Santana at SDSU's Open Air Theatre -- the legendary guitarist and his band played on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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It was smooth sailing for Santana at SDSU's Open Air Theatre -- the legendary guitarist and his band played on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
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While technically from Tijuana, we can pretty much claim him as our hometown hero.
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As usual, Carlos Santana surrounds himself with some of the best musicians around.
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Santana is considered one of the best contemporary guitarists in the world.
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So it's only natural for him to collaborate with the best singers in the business, including Lauryn Hill, CeeLo Green and Rob Thomas.
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Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Santana's family moved to Tijuana and then later to San Francisco.
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As such, Santana was one of the first mainstream Mexican-American musicians to bring Latin-rock into the popular consciousness.
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He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. Jaw drop.
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While Santana's band members have rotated in and out over the years, Pete and Coke Escovedo -- whose family has deep roots in San Diego music -- were some of the band's best percussionists.
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In 2003, "Rolling Stone" magazine ranked him at No. 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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Santana chose not to attend college.
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Instead, he worked as a dishwasher and busked for spare change. In other words, he decided to make music his career.
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After his 1969 performance at Woodstock, Santana signed a record deal with Clive Davis' Columbia Records and skyrocketed to fame.
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Santana's most successful album, "Supernatural," was released in 1999.
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Along with other fruitful collaborations, the album featured the smash hit, "Smooth," which was co-written and sung by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.
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