Stage is set early:
Into the spotlight:
Although the band continued recording and touring throughout the '70s, Santana himself also recorded four solo albums between 1973 and 1980 that reflected his longstanding love of jazz, and his growing interest Buddhism. After the band's multi-platinum start with their first four album, the next three, although successful by most standards, didn't match the commercial success of their predecessors. 1977's Moonflower was their next multi-million seller, but it would be more than 20 years until the next one. The comeback
Although the band's '80s albums were intended to radio-friendly (with a larger goal of commercial success) the approach wasn't in tune with music buyers' changing tastes. Throughout the '80s and early '90s the band's albums struggled to break into the top 100. Between 1985 and 1992, the best performing album reached #50. 1992's Milagro was the first Santana studio album that didn't make the Billboard Hot 100. After that it would be seven years before the next Santana studio album, the one that signaled, in a big way, Santana's comeback. The formula that proved to be magic was to pair Santana with popular, younger artists like Dave Matthews, Cee-Lo, and Rob Thomas. 1999's Supernatural eventually had worldwide sales of nearly 30-million, earning it the record for best-selling album ever by a Hispanic artist. It went to #1 virtually everywhere in the world where there are record charts, and it was Santana's first US #1 since 1971. Santana had similar success with Shaman, another #1, in 2002 and All That I Am, which peaked at #2 in 2005. Santana's legacy
While you can't really describe a legacy for someone who is still actively recording and touring, what is well established with Santana is his (and the band's) pioneering work in mixing Latin, jazz, blues and rock into a distinctive style. The Santana catalog is numerically staggering: as a solo artist, seven studio albums, three live albums, and 12 collaborating with other artists. Santana, the band, have released 21 studio albums, seven live albums, and 13 collaborations. Santana the guitarist is on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the Greatest Guitarists of all time. There are 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards in the trophy case. Still in demand as a concert performer, Santana has done a "residency" at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel. A 2009 concert in Macedonia (once part of the former Yugoslavia) attracted an audience of 20,000 and lasted nearly three hours. Santana's son, a keyboardist, fronted Salvador Santana Band from 2004 until 2008, when he began performing and recording as a solo artist. He collaborated with his father on "El Farol" which was one of the songs on Supernatural which won a Grammy. Although some will say it was his Woodstock performance that was his most memorable, it is the years since that will ultimately shape Santana's lasting legacy.