Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Carlos Santana has signed an exclusive multirecord contract with Arista Records. Arista Records president and founder Clive Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records in 1968, shortly after the guitarist's legendary Fillmore West performance in San Francisco. "Signing Carlos Santana is an emotional experience for me as we join together after a long hiatus," Davis said. In his 30-year career, Carlos Santana has released more than 30 albums and amassed international sales exceeding 30-million records. Santana, along with the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas and the Papas, Lloyd Price and Gene Vincent, Jelly Roll Morton and Allen Toussaint, was honored recently with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 13th annual induction ceremony will be Jan. 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
Dominique Swain, who plays the title role in Adrian Lyne's Lolita, is set to star in Girl, based on a Blake Nelson novel. Set in the Portland, Ore.-Seattle music scene, the picture centers on a high school senior (Swain) bound for Brown University. When she falls for a grunge band's front man, the teen begins to realize what and who is important to her.
At the boyish age of 39, Drew Carey is already talking retirement. "I don't know what's wrong with taking your money and sitting back," he mused about what he will do when The Drew Carey Show dies. The comic actor, whose earning power has skyrocketed with his hit series and new book, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, says he enjoys the things money can buy, but is as comfortable at Bob's Big Boy as he is at Spago. Said he, "I don't want to spend $50 for a hamburger at some fancy place and they don't make it as good as Bob's anyway."
Actress Victoria Rowell, 37, and Chris Spencer, 29, are an item. She plays Drucilla on the TV soap The Young and the Restless. He just lost his Vibe hosting gig to comic Sinbad. She has a son, 22 months old, by Wynton Marsalis, plus a daughter, 8.
He's not a sportscaster anymore, but Pat O'Brien keeps playing one on TV. Since O'Brien gave up sports on CBS less than two months ago, he has appeared as a sportscaster on two of the network's shows, Everybody Loves Raymond and Early Edition.
"It's kind of fun," he said. "It's kind of fun," he said. "Now I actually have to act to be a sports announcer."
O'Brien left CBS Sports to become co-host with Giselle Fernandez of the syndicated Access Hollywood.
Her name is Celine Dion, and she's a shop-a-holic. "I want to look the best I can," the Canadian chanteuse confesses in November's InStyle magazine.
The three-time Grammy winner owns more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, has a closet bigger than most bedrooms and is a sucker for Gucci, Dior, Chanel and Lauren. Dion is also such a fast shopper that she doesn't always stop to try on an outfit before whipping out her plastic. "I know if something fits or not," the size-2 singer says.
Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson is disc-jockeying at L.A.'s KGIL-AM, playing only tunes from Broadway and Hollywood musicals. "The other day I played a Joan Crawford song," she bragged. "How many places can you hear THAT?"
Richard Gere took his current distraction, Carey Lowell of TV's Law & Order, to the Big Apple premiere of his new movie Red Corner. Said he: "It's a serious relationship because she's a serious person." Said she: "We're having serious fun."
_ Times wires