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Redbone was a Native American rock group that was most active in the 1970s. They reached the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974 with the song, Come and Get Your Love.

Formed in 1968 in Los Angeles, California, by the brothers Patrick Vasquez (bass and vocals) and Lolly Vasquez (guitar and vocals), the name Redbone itself is a joking reference to a Cajun term for a mixed-race person, the band’s members being of mixed blood ancestry. The band referenced Cajun and New Orleans culture many times in their lyrics and performing style. Pat and Lolly had previously performed and recorded under the stage surname Vegas, in part to downplay the Latin American association of their birth surname, Vasquez.

Redbone played primarily rock music with R&B, Cajun, Jazz, tribal, and Latin roots. Their first commercial success came with the single Maggie from their second album, Potlatch, in 1970, and two other hit singles followed - The Witch Queen of New Orleans (1971, #21 on the Billboard Hot 100) and “Come and Get Your Love” (1974, #5 on the Billboard Hot 100). “Come and Get Your Love”, written by Lolly Vasquez stayed in the Billboard chart for 24 weeks, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 22 April 1974.

Lolly Vasquez was one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of the distinctive Leslie rotating speaker effect in his electric guitar amplification set-up. Vegas played improvised, jazz-influenced guitar. Drummer Peter DePoe (born 1943, Neah Bay, Washington) is credited with pioneering the “King Kong” style of drumming, which features sharply accented polyrhythms involving the bass and snare drums and is similar to funk styles of drumming.

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  • TheDarkSide73

    Great Band

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • cryopyre

    I discovered Redbone through a larger mix of one of my mother's funk collections. Delving into their discography was a real treat. Sadly, US corporate and government censorship had specifically undermined their career. In any case, they have an amazing discography, and my hearts go out to their family members. Thanks for the awesome music!

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • OSCARCHOICE

    2 EXITOS BAILABLES EN URUGUAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • slitchner

    I can't believe it. 2 members of Redbone in 3 months. Oh my condolences go out to all the family members. Tony & Lolly, you will be sorely missed.

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • grossy2

    RIP, Lolly...

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    witch queen great song

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    good band

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • stlthbmr

    I have always loved this album despite what my library profile has to say.

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Arianne_Dostal

    I can't believe they didn't receive what they deserved. They were great...

    28 Jan 2009 Reply

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