The rock band Santana was formed in 1966, in California. The current lineup of this Latin American group is Carlos Santana, Benny Rietveld, Karl Perazzo, Tony Lindsay, Ray Greene, Andy Vargas, Bill Ortiz, Jeff Cressman, Tommy Anthony, David K. Matthews, Paoli Mejias, Jose “Pepe” Jimenez, and Cindy Blackman Santana. The band is particularly famous for such hits as “Black Magic Woman”, “Smooth”, and “The Game of Love”. The band holds numerous awards, including nine Grammies. In 1998, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band was formed when the guitarist Carlos Santana met the keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie. Both of them had sufficient experience working on different music projects. By the end of the year, the new band, which initially was called Santana Blues, attracted 4 more members. In the next two years, Santana Blues Band was earning popularity. They mixed rock music with Latin American rhythms.
In 1967, the band went through the first lineup change. The same year the band changed the name to Santana. Over the years, the group members changed many times. At the moment, Carlos Santana is the only remaining original member of the group.