On the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo) 1862 the Mexican Army defeated French forces at the Battle of Puebla. That’s when the celebration of Cinco de Mayo began.
Here in the USA, the day has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture.
I can’t think of a better person than Carlos Santana to celebrate on this day.
Born in Mexico, Carlos would later move to San Francisco. Richie Valens, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker were early influences on the young guitarist/singer.
Carlos was 19 when he formed the Santana Blues Band. The name was shortened to Santana when Columbia signed Carlos to their first recording contract.
In 1969, Santana performed at the Woodstock festival and put their first hit record (Jingo) on the charts.
Thirty years later, their only #1 hit, would top the charts for 12 weeks. Smooth featured vocals by Rob Thomas.
Among other awards, Carlos Santana won Billboard’s Century award in 1996 and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
From the album Santana III, Everybody’s Everything was released in October 1971 and became a #12 hit.