Woodstock Music and Art Fair
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
When guests first enter first part of the Main Gallery in the museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts they are surrounded by some of the 400,000 people who attended that historic event. Above them is a movie showing with commentary pieces of the festival. While Michael Shrieve does his amazing drum solo with Santana, Country Joe McDonald exclaims, "17!" referring to Shrieve's age. On Saturday 16 August 1969, Michael Shrieve was young, but not that young. Shrieve was born on July 6, 1949. He had just turned 20. We can forgive McDonald. Even on Saturday, it was already a long weekend. Interestingly, even Shrieve's internet site gets it wrong. It states, " As the original drummer for Santana, Michael – at age nineteen – was the youngest performer at Woodstock." Wrong twice as Henry Gross, born on April 4, 1951 and 18 was the youngest performer. Ah well. Such are what history's misty memories are made of.
During a performance at the Fillmore Auditorium, Shrieve came to the attention of Santana's manager. A short time later Shrieve joined the band and became a mainstay. His jazz background helped develop a sound already influenced by the band Latin percussion component. The aforementioned drum solo at Woodstock, it's inclusion on the album as well as the movie put Michael Shrieve forever into the 1960s' musical picture.
Shrieve remained with the Santana band until 1974, but has continued to be active since. He has released several of his own albums and collaborated with or sat in with dozens of other albums. He occasionally rejoined the Santana band which continued to undergo various personnel changes throughout the years. In 1998, the he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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