Michael Shrieve

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Michael Shrieve
Born (1949-07-06) 6 July 1949 (age 66)
San Francisco, California, United States
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1965-present
Associated acts Santana
Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve
Klaus Schulze

Michael Shrieve (born July 6, 1949, in San Francisco) is an American drummer, percussionist, and later, an electronic music composer. He is best known as the drummer in Santana, playing on their first eight albums from 1969 through 1974.[1] His performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, when he was 20 years old, made him one of the youngest musicians to perform at the festival. Shrieve's drum solo during an extended version of "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film has been described as "electrifying".[2]


Shrieve's first full-time band was called Glass Menagerie,[3] followed by experience in the house band of an R&B club, backing touring musicians including B.B. King and Etta James. At 16, he played in a jam session at the Fillmore Auditorium, where he attracted the attention of Santana's manager, Stan Marcum. When he was 19, Shrieve jammed with Santana at a recording studio and was invited to join that day.[4] The 2004 two-disc Legacy release of Santana features additional tracks recorded before Shrieve joined the band.

On August 16, 1969, Santana played the Woodstock Festival, shortly after Shrieve's twentieth birthday, but before the release of their eponymous first album (1969). He would continue with Santana for Abraxas (1970), Santana III (1971), Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), Borboletta (1974) and the live Lotus (1974). He co-wrote four of the tracks on Caravanserai, as well as co-produced the album.[5]

Shrieve left the original Santana band to pursue solo projects. He moved to London, England to record the 1976 album Automatic Man with guitarist Pat Thrall, bassist Doni Harvey and keyboardist Todd Cochran (billed as Bayete). While in London Shrieve was part of the fusion supergroup Go with Stomu Yamashta, Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola and Klaus Schulze, releasing two studio albums Go (1976) and Go Too (1977) and the live album Go Live from Paris (1976).[6]

He played in the band Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (with Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, and Kenny Aaronson).[7] Later, he played drums on (former Supertramp member) Roger Hodgson's first solo album, In the Eye of the Storm.

From 1979 to 1984, he collaborated as a percussionist in Richard Wahnfried, a side project of Klaus Schulze (another drummer turned electronic composer) while recording with Schulze his own first "solo" album of electronic music, Transfer Station Blue, in 1984.

In 1984, he played on Mick Jagger's She's the Boss album. When Jagger, Nile Rodgers and Shrieve were mixing the album at The Power Station (now Avatar Studios) in New York City, Jaco Pastorius invited Shrieve for a recording session downstairs. This recording remains unreleased.[8][9]

In 1997, he joined former Santana musicians Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, José "Chepito" Areas, Alphonso Johnson, and Michael Carabello to record Abraxas Pool.

He has also collaborated with David Beal, Andy Summers, Steve Roach, Jonas Hellborg, Buckethead, Douglas September, and others. He has served as a session player on albums by Todd Rundgren and Jill Sobule.

In 2004, he appeared on the track "The Modern Divide" on the Revolution Void album Increase the Dosage. The album was released under a Creative Commons license.[10]

As of April 2010, Shrieve lives in Seattle, Washington, where he plays in a fusion jazz group, Spellbinder, at The White Rabbit every Monday night in Fremont, Seattle, with Danny Godinez, Joe Doria, John Fricke, and Farko Dosumov.

He recently worked as a producer on his son Sam Shrieve's debut album Bittersweet Lullabies.

Shrieve has composed music for several films, most notably Paul Mazursky's Tempest and Apollo 13.[11]


In 1998 Shrieve was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Santana.[12]

In March 2011, Rolling Stone Readers picked The Best Drummers of All Time: Shrieve ranked #10.[13]



(This is a partial discography.)




Shrieve makes a very brief appearance in the film Gimme Shelter (1970), explaining to Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh the scene of violence that has occurred at the concert.


  1. ^ "Michael Shrieve bio". Drummerworld.com. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  2. ^ Cianci, Bob (1 July 2006). Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties. Hal Leonard. p. 215. ISBN 0-634-09925-6. 
  3. ^ "Michael Shrieve Intro Speech by Jim McCarthy". Jim McCarthy. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  4. ^ Kugiya, Hugo (2009-08-14). "Legendary Woodstock drummer Michael Shrieve now plays in Fremont". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Michael Shrieve: Original Santana drummer". Ultimate Santana. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, Jim; Sansoe, Ron (1 November 2004). Voices of Latin rock: people and events that created this sound. Hal Leonard. pp. 184–187. ISBN 0-634-08061-X. 
  7. ^ "Music review: Guitarist Neal Schon journeys to El Rey Theatre". The Chico Enterprise Record. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  8. ^ http://www.moonflowercafe.com/mscafe2.html
  9. ^ http://www.hit-channel.com/interviewmichael-shrieve-santanagospellbinder/76037
  10. ^ "Revolution Void - Electronic Breakbeat Jazz". Revolution Void. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  11. ^ "IMDB credit list". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  12. ^ "Santana Biography". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Rolling Stone Readers Pick Best Drummers of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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