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Carlos Santana: 5 facts before Fraze

His tour comes to town this week.

​​Carlos Santana is credited with introducing several generations of American music fans to Latin-flavored rock ‘n’ roll. Surprisingly, until recently, the Mexican native had never released an album comprised entirely of songs with Spanish lyrics. That changed last month with the release of “Corazón,” which RCA Records is billing as the rock legend’s “first Latin album.”

Santana, who had a sold out concert at Fraze Pavilion in 2012, brings his Corazón Tour back to the outdoor amphitheater in Kettering on Wednesday.

“I ran into some regulars recently, and they were saying how they were looking forward to Santana’s concert, because it was by far one of the best ones they’d ever seen,” said Karen Durham, Fraze general manager. “When Santana was here in 2012 he started the show at 7:55. He just walked out on stage, no announcement, no fanfare, no anything, and just played until 10:59. He never missed a beat, never took a break. That’s certainly what a lot of people remember and why he’ll sell out again this summer.”

Here are five quick facts about the sizzling guitar player.

1. Santana and the rock band of the same name turned the music world on its ear in 1969 with the self-titled debut. Songs such as “Evil Ways,” “Jingo” and “Soul Sacrifice” introduced music fans to an adventurous new brand of rock that was seasoned heavily by Latin percussion.

2. The San Francisco-based act released a string of top-selling hits through the following decade, including “Abraxas” (1970), “Love Devotion Surrender” (1972) and “Amigos” (1976). While the ’80s weren’t as commercially successful for Santana, the guitarist enjoyed occasional success with projects like “Blues for Salvador” (1987).

3. Santana returned to prominence with the duet album, “Supernatural” (1999). The album went platinum 15 times over in the United States and received nine trophies at the 42nd annual Grammy Award, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the song “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas.

4. “Corazón,” which was released May 6, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Album Chart and number nine on the Top 200 Chart. The album, Santana’s first all-Spanish language album features a diverse collection of guests, including Gloria Estefan, Wayne Shorter, Ziggy Marley and Diego Torres.

5. Santana will be reaching fans around the globe next week with the song “Dar Un Jeito (We Will Find a Way).” The collaboration with Wyclef Jean, Avicci and Alexander Pires is the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which begin in Brazil on Thursday, June 12.

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