Carlos Santana (The Great Hispanic Heritage) by Louise Chipley Slavicek

By Louise Chipley Slavicek

Those riveting personalities every one completed excellence, yet even more than their person accomplishments is the confident Hispanic photograph they jointly symbolize to the area. photos, illustrations, and vigorous textual content inform the tales ot those attention-grabbing historic figures. along with his targeted mixture of blues, rock, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, Santana has saved himsslf obvious at the renowned track scene for greater than 30 years.

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Josefina, however, insisted that he emigrate with the rest of the family. Carlos would have greater educational and economic opportunities on the other side of the border, she said, and anyway, he was too young to live on his own. Carlos hardly spoke to his mother during the long drive to San Francisco. After the family moved into their new Mission District apartment and he discovered that Josefina had spent the $300 he had saved for a new electric guitar on the first month’s rent, Carlos was even angrier.

Kennedy was assassinated, Josefina and Carlos’ older brother Tony drove down to Tijuana to bring the 16-year-old home. Carlos was dismayed when they tracked him down at El Convoy. He did not want to go, he told his mother. He liked his job and was getting along very well on his own, he insisted. But Josefina had made up her mind—her son was coming home. She ordered Tony, who was considerably larger than Carlos, to get his brother into the car, one way or another. “They actually kidnapped me,” Carlos recalled years later.

52 Then, just as the band was picking up more and more gigs at the Fillmore, disaster struck. Carlos was diagnosed with tuberculosis, an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs. For two months Carlos languished in the tubercular ward of San Francisco General Hospital while his band gradually fell apart. Haro and Rodrigues, citing family and work obligations, attended fewer and fewer of the group’s practices and Carabello stopped showing up for the sessions altogether. A TIME OF REBUILDING By the spring of 1967, Carlos felt better and decided he should return to his disintegrating band.

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