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Young Drummer Michael Shrieve

Young Drummer Michael Shrieve

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Woodstock Music and Art Fair
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Young Drummer Michael Shrieve
photo from http://www.michaelshrieve.com/gallery.html#
Young Drummer Michael Shrieve

OPEN-HEARTEDNESS

Michael Shrieve’s internet page opens to this statement:

MUSIC PROMPTS US TO RESPOND WITH OPEN-HEARTEDNESS INSTEAD OF JUDGMENT. IT USHERS US TO A HIGHER PLACE FROM WHERE WE CAN SEE BEYOND DISTRACTIONS TO WHAT IS TRUE AND GOOD AND LASTING. IF MUSICIANS ACCEPT THIS RESPONSIBILITY, THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Such a view is not surprising from someone who has spent a lifetime with open-hearted music.

Young, not youngest Shrieve

When guests 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 sat on the field at that historic event.

Above guests is a movie showing with commentary pieces of the festival. While Michael Shrieve does his iconic 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. By early 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 Sha Na Na’s Henry Gross, born on April 4, 1951 and 18 that August was likely the youngest performer.

And CSN & Y’s bassist Greg Reeves may actually have been younger.

Ah well. Such is the Woodstock Haze.

Young Drummer Michael Shrieve

Santana

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.

Young Drummer Michael Shrieve
photo from http://www.michaelshrieve.com/gallery.html#
Young Drummer Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve

Young Drummer Michael Shrieve
Shrive at the Monument at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (photo from Shrieve’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/michaelshrieve

Shrieve remained with the Santana band until 1974 and 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.

Young Drummer Michael Shrieve
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Santana Bassist David Brown

Santana Bassist David Brown

Remembering and appreciating
February 15, 1947 — September 4, 2000
Bassist for Santana band: 1967 – 71 and 1974 – 76

Santana Bassist David Brown


Santana Bassist David Brown

David grew up in Daly City, California.


According to a Ben Fong-Torres piece in Rolling Stone magazine from December 7, 1972,  David Brown, who’d gone to public and private school in San Francisco and played bass at night with Latin jazz bands and at clubs behind touring groups like the Four Tops, was walking up Grant Ave., in North Beach, when he heard some music from a small club. He stepped in, sat in, and was approached by Stan Marcum, who would become Santana’s manager. 


From that same article, David Brown is quoted that early in the band’s development they found that “We didn’t like the music too repetitious, the way Butterfield or other blues bands were playing…so we got into improvisation and we’d find the drums in there more of the time. Eventually, we just sat back and said let them do their thing.


Brown played with  Santana at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969 and on several other dates and albums.


While most of us listen enthralled to Carlos Santana’s lead guitar on Soul Sacrifice (and deservedly so), for David Brown’s birthday celebration, let’s listen to the bass. Pretty good!



Though best known as part of Santana, David Brown also played in Boz Scaggs band on three of Scaggs’s albums: Moments, Boz Scaggs and Band, and My Time.



Here is his credit listing from AllMusic.com


Santana Bassist David Brown

David Brown

Santana Bassist David Brown


In 1998, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana. All the members of the band speak, except Brown.



David Brown died in 2000 due to liver and kidney failure.


Santana Bassist David Brown
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