Gregg Alan Rolie born June 17, 1947 in Seattle, Washington is an American keyboardist, organist, and singer, who is one of the founding members of the bands Santana, Journey, The Storm, and Abraxas Pool, as well as his current Gregg Rolie Band. Rolie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Santana.
Prior to embarking on his successful career, Rolie played with a group called William Penn and his Pals, circa 1965, playing at least one high school dance at Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. A year later, Rolie joined with Carlos Santana and others to form the Santana Blues Band, which was later shortened to Santana. With Santana he was part of their first wave of success, including an appearance at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival and several hit albums. He is perhaps best known for being the lead vocalist on Santana’s US #4 hit, Black Magic Woman. However persistent differences with Carlos Santana as to musical direction led Rolie to leave the band at the end of 1971. He went home to Seattle, opening a restaurant with his father, which was not very successful.
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