Carlos Augusto Santana Alves (Spanish: [.karlos sanˈtana] (listen); born July 20, 1947) is an American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of Rock and roll and Latin American jazz. Its sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin American and African rhythms played on percussion instruments not generally heard in rock, such as timbales and congas. 

He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine listed him at No. 20 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists

He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards,[3] and was inducted along with his namesake band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

Santana was influenced by popular artists of the 1950s such as B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Javier Batiz,[14] and John Lee Hooker.[15] Soon after he began playing guitar, he joined local bands along the "Tijuana Strip" where he was able to begin developing his own sound.[15] He was also introduced to a variety of new musical influences, including jazz and folk music, and witnessed the growing hippie movement centered in San Francisco in the 1960s

Carlos Santana was taken to a hospital after he collapsed on stage during an open-air concert in Michigan late Tuesday.

The 74-year-old wrote on Facebook that he got “dehydrated and passed out” after he “forgot to eat and drink water.” “We are good, just taking it easy,” Santana said in the post, updating fans after the incident.

The guitar great was performing at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, 64 kilometers outside of Detroit when he became ill.

His manager, Michael Vrionis, said in a statement on Santana’s website that the musician “was overtaken by heat exhaustion and dehydration” during the show.

“Carlos was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston (hospital) for observation and is doing well,” he said. Vrionis added however that a concert planned for Burgettstown, in Pennsylvania on Wednesday “will be postponed to a later date.” Continue reading

Santana, who was born in Mexico, is widely considered to be one of the greatest guitarists ever and has won 10 Grammy Awards.