Mike Shrieve

Mike Shrieve

Michael Shrieve
Born (1949-07-06) 6 July 1949 (age 64)
San Francisco, California, United States
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1965-present
Associated acts Santana
Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve
Klaus Schulze

Michael Shrieve (born July 6, 1949, in San Francisco) is an American drummer, percussionist, and later, an electronic music composer. He is best known as the drummer in Santana, playing on their first eight albums from 1969 through 1974.[1] His performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, when he was just 20 years old, made him one of the youngest musicians to perform at the festival. Shrieve's drum solo during an extended version of "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film has been described as "electrifying".[2]


Shrieve's first full-time band was called Glass Menagerie,[3] followed by experience in the house band of an R&B club, backing touring musicians including B.B. King and Etta James. At 16, he 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.[4] The 2004 two-disc Legacy release of Santana features additional tracks recorded before Shrieve joined the band.

On August 16, 1969, Santana played the Woodstock Festival, shortly after Shreive's twentieth birthday, but before the release of their eponymous first album (1969). He would continue 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.[5]

Shrieve left the original Santana band to pursue solo projects. He moved to London, England to record the 1976 album Automatic Man with guitarist Pat Thrall, bassist 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).[6]

He played in the band Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (with Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, and Kenny Aaronson).[7] Later, he played drums on (former Supertramp member) Roger Hodgson's first solo album, In the Eye of the Storm.

From 1979 to 1984, he 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.

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

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

In 2004, he appeared on the track "The Modern Divide" on the Revolution Void album Increase the Dosage. The album was released under a Creative Commons license.[8]

As of April 2010, Shrieve lives in Seattle, Washington, where he plays in a fusion jazz group, Spellbinder, at The White Rabbit every Monday night in Fremont, Seattle, with Danny Godinez, Joe Doria, John Fricke, and Farko Dosumov.

He recently worked as a producer on his son Sam Shrieve's debut album Bittersweet Lullabies.

Shrieve has composed music for several films, most notably Paul Mazursky's Tempest and Apollo 13.[9]


In 1998 Shrieve was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Santana.[10]

In March 2011, Rolling Stone Readers picked The Best Drummers of All Time: Shrieve ranked #10.[11]



(This is a partial discography.)



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


Shrieve makes a very brief appearance in the film Gimme Shelter, explaining to Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh the scene of violence that has occurred at the concert.


External links

  • Official website
  • Michael Shrieve Biography
  • 2013 Audio Interview with Michael Shrieve from the podcast "I'd Hit That"
  • Interview on Rundgren Radio April 6, 2010