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Happy Birthday Carlos Santana

In honor of his birthday, we've put together a photo retrospective of Carlos Santana's illustrious career.  When people think of San Francisco in the 1960's, they immediately think of the likes of Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, but let us not forget that Santana also emerged from that psychedelic scene and were led by the incomparable Carlos Santana.

How great is Carlos Santana?  One of the signs of the great guitar players is that within a mere few notes, you can tell who's playing.  Make no mistake, Carlos is one of those players.  The way he bends a note in unmistakable.

 

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August 1969: Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York.

 

Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain performing in London, 1991. Pictures | Getty Images

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Carlos Santana performing on stage, 11th September 1975.

 

Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain performing in London, 1991. Pictures | Getty Images

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Guitarists Eric Clapton (left) and Carlos Santana during a US tour, 1st July 1975. Santana is Clapton's support act.

 

Carlos Santana - Musician; Guitarist; Latin rock, Mexico/USA - performing in Hamburg, Germany - 03.1987 Pictures | Getty Images

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Carlos Santana  performing in Hamburg, Germany - March of 1987.

 

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Carlos Santana poses backstage at the Mountain Aire Festival on August 23, 1987 in Calavaras, California.

 

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Carlos Santana performs at Sam Boyd Stadium on August 14, 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Carlos Santana in Concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami - June 1, 2005 Pictures | Getty Images

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Carlos Santana during Carlos Santana in Concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami - June 1, 2005 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

 

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Carlos Santana performs the national anthem before Game Four of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

 

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Carlos Santana performs on stage at Auditorium Stravinski on July 14, 2015 in Montreux, Switzerland.