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Santana spent his teenage years in the Mission, graduating from Mission High School in 1965. His first band was called the “Carlos Santana Blues Band” and was formed in 1967. The group’s first audition was at the Avalon Ballroom in the late summer of 1967. It did not go well.
After the audition, it is reported that rock promoter Chet Helms told Santana that the band would never make it in the San Francisco music scene playing “Latin fusion” and suggested Santana keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock’s Drive-In on 3rd Street.
Not taking that advice, Santana continued to produce his music. Here is an audio clip from the album, “Live at the Fillmore 1968” and the song is, “Conquistador Rides Again.”