Carlos Santana, born on October 20, 1947 in Antofagasta, Chile. He is the son of Mexican parents and was raised in San Francisco. His father played guitar with him since he was a boy, and at age 13 Carlos joined his first band.
Carlos y Jose are one of the most enduring and successful ensembles in traditional norteo music, having released over 85 CDs. The band was formed in General Teran, Nuevo Leon, by Carlos Salazar (vocals and accordion), although they started their professional career in Camargo, Tamaulipas, in 1968. The corrido songs “El Nuevo Albur de Amor” and the lament “La Mata de Sandia” were their first two successes. These songs were aired on strong border radio stations that beamed from Mexico, through the southwest, and into the Midwest, reaching migrant workers and immigrant families who bought their music in large quantities. They boosted their popularity in their native country with songs like “Estrellita del Norte al Oriente,” “Yo Tambien Soy de Teran,” “La Carta Que Te Mande,” “Cuentame Tus Penas,” “Pistoleros Famosos,” and others.
Carlos and Jose traveled tirelessly across Mexico and the United States, gaining a devoted following in California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. When their worldwide hit “El Chubasco” broke all Mexican sales records and extended their popularity across Florida, Puerto Rico, and Central and South America, the trio became a celebrity. Their songs have been used in over 24 films, including Pistoleros Famosos La Coyota and La Muerte del Palomo, as well as many times on Mexican and Puerto Rican television. They’ve been nominated for many Latin Grammys and have seven Gold and four Platinum albums to their credit. They’ve also received the Yuri award for the Aztec Gold Calendar. Cabalgando por el Pacfico: En Vivo, their 2013 CD, is a song and video package that landed them back on Billboard’s Regional Mexican list. In 2017, EMI/Universal launched an aggressive reissue campaign, reissuing 10 of their most well-known records. Duelo de Leyendas featuring Luis y Julian and Norteas Llegadoras, a three-artist offering that included Adolfo Urias, were two multi-artist collections released by International Musical Treasures. Meanwhile, in June of 2017, AJR Records published 20 Rancheras, a studio album.