Michael Carabello (born November 18, 1947) is an American musician.
Carabello's grandparents on one side were from Puerto Rico.
Between 1968 and 1971 Carabello was one of three percussionists in the Latin rock group Santana, along with Michael Shrieve and José Areas. During this period Santana recorded their first three albums, Santana, Abraxas and Santana III. He particularly played congas. He also occasionally played piano.
In 1975 Carabello formed the band Cobra along with José "Chepito" Areas and former manager of Sly & the Family Stone manager Charles "Buddah" Garcia. The band also included Gregory Popeye Aleander, Gregg Watt, Freddie Anchetta, Al Redwine, Al Moody, Fernando Aaragon, and Georgia, a brunette singer.
Carabello wrote "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" on Abraxas alone (he also played piano on this track).. He co-wrote "Batuka", "No One to Depend on" and "Toussaint L'Overture" on Santana III. Several songs on Santana are credited to the whole band, which included Carabello.
Carabello married Linda Houston in the Presidio Chapel on Saturday night September 18, 2010. Carabello and Houston were classmates at Mission High and re-met last year at a 40th high school reunion. Carabello now resides in Connecticut.
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