BEGINNING
In the beginning


1946
January 10Aynsley Dunbar is born in Liverpool, England

1947
June 17Gregg Rolie is born in Seattle, Washington

1949
January 22Steve Perry is born in Hanford, California. The only child of Raymond and Mary Perry
February 2Ross Valory is born in San Francisco, California

1950
February 5Walter Herbie Herbert is born. (Note: Birth year unconfirmed)
February 26Jonathan Cain is born in Chicago, Illinois. Eldest of three sons of Leonard and Nancy.
May 7Prairie Prince is born in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1954
February 27Neal Schon is born in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Only child of Matthew and Barbara Schon
August 21Steve Smith is born in Boston, Massachusetts

1958
?Jonathan Cain starts taking accordion lessons

1959
January 30Steve Augeri is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1965
August 17Deen Castronovo is born in Portland, Oregon.

1967
?Ross Valory and George Tickner join the band Frumious Bandersnatch (with Herbie Herbert as their manager).
?Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, and David Brown form the Santana Blues Band.

1968
?Frumious Bandersnatch release their only EP (title unknown), which consisted of three songs
?The Santana Blues Band rename themselves as Santana and make their debut at San Francisco's Fillmore West.
April 4Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch play together at the Carousal Ballroom, San Francisco.

1969
August ?Santana appears on stage at Woodstock.
AugustSantana's success at Woodstock leads to a record deal with Columbia Records.
?Santana releases their debut, self-titled album.
September 27The album, Santana, hits the Billboard chart and peaks at #4.

1970
?Future Journey manager, Irving Azoff, graduates from University of Illinois
?Santana releases their second album Abraxas
October 10Santana's album, Abraxas, hits the Billboard chart and peaks at #1 for six (6) consecutive weeks.
?At age 15, Neal Schon meets Santana and jams with them in the studio
?Neal sits in with Derek and the Dominoes while performing at the Berkeley Community Theater
?Eric Clapton asks Neal to join his band (Derek and the Dominoes), but he declines
?Carlos Santana asks Neal to join his band and accepts the offer

1971
?Ross Valory joins Steve Miller Band and release the album Rock Love
?Santana releases Santana III
October 16Santana III hits the Billboard chart and peaks at #1 for five (5) consecutive weeks.

1972
?Santana releases Carvanserai
November 11Carvanserai hits the Billboard charts and peaks at #8.
?Problems develop in Santana resulting in the departure of Neal, Gregg, and Herbie (72?)
?Gregg returns to Seattle and opens a restaurant business (72?)


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