David Brown (February 15, 1950 - September 4, 2000) was the primary bass guitar player for the band Santana from 1966 until 1971, then again from 1973 until 1976.
David grew up in Daly City, California.
He played on Boz Scaggs' debut 1971 Columbia album Moments, for which he also authored two of its sadder songs, and on the two subsequent Scaggs albums Boz Scaggs & Band (1971) and My Time (1972). Brown played with Carlos Santana at Woodstock in 1969 and on several other dates and albums.
At the Fillmore West Tuesday jam sessions in the late 60's and early 70's, Dave would often make personnel selections for the sessions and participate as well. Tuesdays were always packed due to the $1 admission fee. There was no seating and the lighting was dim. If David needed someone to play a particular instrument, he would go out into the crowd and the first person that he ran into that he knew "could play", was asked to jam.
David Brown died in 2000 due to liver and kidney failure.
In 1998, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana.