Michael Carabello

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Michael Carabello (born November 18, 1947) is an American musician, best known for playing percussion with Santana during that band's early years. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Carabello was born in San Francisco and has Puerto Rican ancestry;[1] he grew up in the city's Mission District.[2] He joined Santana in 1968 shortly before the band signed with Columbia Records,[3] and primarily played congas for the band while occasionally playing piano.[4] He appeared on the albums Santana,[5] Abraxas,[6] and Santana III,[7] all of which were internationally successful, and he is also depicted with the band in the Woodstock film.[8] He co-wrote several songs on those albums, and is the sole writer for the percussion-oriented track "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" on Abraxas.[4]

Carabello left Santana in 1971. He formed the short-lived jazz band Cobra in 1975, and then settled into a career of teaching and art.[2] In 1998 Carabello was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana.[9] He is the only member of the Hall of Fame whose primary instrument is congas. He appeared on Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones in 1981. In 2016 Carabello participated in a reunion of the classic-era Santana lineup for the album Santana IV.[10] It was the first time he had recorded with Carlos Santana and some other former bandmates in 45 years.[11]


  1. ^ "Michael Carabello". Gon Bops. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  2. ^ a b "LatinoLA | A&E :: Michael Carabello: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Conguero". LatinoLA. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  3. ^ "Santana | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  4. ^ a b "Michael Carabello - Return To The Jungle". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  5. ^ Santana - Santana | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-28
  6. ^ Abraxas - Santana | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-28
  7. ^ Santana III - Santana | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-28
  8. ^ wp360mag. "Michael Carabello Archives". 360 MAGAZINE | ART + MUSIC + DESIGN + FASHION + AUTO + TRAVEL + FOOD + HEALTH. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  9. ^ "Santana". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  10. ^ Santana IV - Santana | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-28
  11. ^ Greene, Andy (2016-05-19). "Santana on Reuniting Classic Lineup, How to Fight Trump". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-05-28.

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