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Michael Shrieve

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Michael Shrieve
Shrieve in 2016
Shrieve in 2016
Background information
Born (1949-07-06) July 6, 1949 (age 75)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresRock, electronic
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1965–present

Michael Shrieve (born July 6, 1949) is an American drummer, percussionist, and composer. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Santana, playing on the band's first seven albums from 1969 to 1974.[1] At age 20, Shrieve was the second youngest musician to perform at Woodstock[citation needed]. His drum solo during "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film has been described as "electrifying",[2] although he considers his solo during the same piece in 1970 at Tanglewood the superior performance.[3]


Shrieve playing in 2016 with Wayne Horvitz (not shown).

Shrieve was born and grew up in San Francisco.[4] Shrieve's first full-time band was called Glass Menagerie,[5] followed by experience in the house band of an R&B club, backing touring musicians including B.B. King and Etta James. At 16, Shrieve played in a jam session at the Fillmore Auditorium, where he attracted the attention of Santana's manager, Stan Marcum. When he was 19, Shrieve jammed with Santana at a recording studio and was invited to join that day.[6]

On August 16, 1969, Santana played the Woodstock Festival, shortly after Shrieve's twentieth birthday, but before the release of their eponymous first album (1969). He remained with Santana for Abraxas (1970), Santana III (1971), Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), Borboletta (1974) and the live Lotus (1974). He co-wrote four of the tracks on Caravanserai, as well as co-produced the album.[7]

Shrieve left the original Santana band to pursue solo projects. He moved to London to record the 1976 album Automatic Man with guitarist Pat Thrall, bass guitarist Doni Harvey and keyboardist Todd Cochran (billed as Bayete). While in London Shrieve was part of the fusion supergroup Go with Stomu Yamashta, Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola and Klaus Schulze, releasing two studio albums Go (1976) and Go Too (1977) and the live album Go Live from Paris (1976).[8]

He played in the band Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (with Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, and Kenny Aaronson).[9] Later, he played drums on (former Supertramp member) Roger Hodgson's first solo album, In the Eye of the Storm.

From 1979 to 1984, Shrieve collaborated as a percussionist in Richard Wahnfried, a side project of Klaus Schulze (another drummer turned electronic composer) while recording with Schulze his own first "solo" album of electronic music, Transfer Station Blue, in 1984.[citation needed]

Shrieve was also credited for playing percussion on the 1980 album Emotional Rescue by The Rolling Stones and in 1984, he played on Mick Jagger's She's the Boss album. When Jagger, Nile Rodgers and Shrieve were mixing the album at The Power Station in New York City, Jaco Pastorius invited Shrieve for a recording session downstairs. This recording remains unreleased.[10][11]

In 1997, Shrieve joined former Santana musicians Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, José "Chepito" Areas, Alphonso Johnson, and Michael Carabello to record Abraxas Pool.[12]

Shrieve has also collaborated with David Beal, Andy Summers, Steve Roach, Jonas Hellborg, Buckethead, Douglas September, Freddie Hubbard and others. He has served as a session player on albums by Todd Rundgren and Jill Sobule.[citation needed]

In 2004, Shrieve appeared on the track "The Modern Divide" on the Revolution Void album Increase the Dosage. The album was released under a Creative Commons license.[13]

As of April 2010, Shrieve lives in Seattle, Washington, where he plays in a fusion jazz group, Spellbinder, with Danny Godinez, Joe Doria, Raymond Larsen, and Farko Dosumov.

Shrieve has composed music for several films, including Paul Mazursky's Tempest and Apollo 13.[14]

Shrieve currently plays a DW Collector's Series drum set and recently joined the Istanbul Agop cymbals family. He has played a variety of other drum sets in the past as well including sets by Camco, Premier and Ludwig, the latter visible in the Woodstock footage. He also played both Zildjian and later Paiste cymbals in his early days before becoming a long time Sabian user.


In 1998 Shrieve was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Santana.[15]

In March 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine Readers picked The Best Drummers of All Time: Shrieve ranked #10.[16]



(This is a partial discography.)



  • (1998) Douglas SeptemberTen Bulls (producer)
  • (2007) AriSawkaDoria — Chapter One (coproducer)
  • (2009) Sam Shrieve — "Bittersweet Lullabies" (producer)


Shrieve makes a very brief appearance in the film Gimme Shelter (1970), explaining the scenes of violence that occurred at the Altamont free concert to Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh.

Shrieve appeared in the 1970 documentary called Woodstock: The Director’s Cut, performing a drum solo during Santana's performance of “Soul Sacrifice.”


  1. ^ "Michael Shrieve bio". Drummerworld.com. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  2. ^ Cianci, Bob (July 1, 2006). Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties. Hal Leonard. p. 215. ISBN 0-634-09925-6.
  3. ^ "A Conversation with Michael Shrieve". Life. August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Devivo, Darren (August 15, 2019). "Santana: Throwback Thursday 1969 | WFUV". wfuv.org. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2024.
  5. ^ "Michael Shrieve Intro Speech by Jim McCarthy". Jim McCarthy. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  6. ^ Kugiya, Hugo (August 14, 2009). "Legendary Woodstock drummer Michael Shrieve now plays in Fremont". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "Michael Shrieve: Original Santana drummer". Ultimate Santana. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Jim; Sansoe, Ron (November 1, 2004). Voices of Latin rock: people and events that created this sound. Hal Leonard. pp. 184–187. ISBN 0-634-08061-X.
  9. ^ "Music review: Guitarist Neal Schon journeys to El Rey Theatre". The Chico Enterprise Record. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  10. ^ Sierra, Jose. "A Conversation with Michael Shrieve - Part 2". Moonflower Café. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Thodoris, Από (January 29, 2015). "Interview: Michael Shrieve". Hit Channel. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Revolution Void - Electronic Breakbeat Jazz". Revolution Void. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  14. ^ "IMDB credit list". IMDB. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  15. ^ "Santana Biography". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  16. ^ "Rolling Stone Readers Pick Best Drummers of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 2, 2014.

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