Redbone is a Native American rock group formed in 1969 that became famous during the early 1970s. This band was founded in Los Angeles by brothers Patrick and Candido "Lolly" Vasquez-Vegas (d. March 4, 2010). Prior to forming Redbone, the brothers had released an album in the mid 1960s titled "Pat & Lolly Vegas At The Haunted House." Other original Redbone members included Peter DePoe and Tony Bellamy (September 12, 1946 - December 25, 2009), with some changes in the lineup over the years. The band's trademark "swamp rock" sound comes from a unique fusion of Cajun, pop, R&B, blue-eyed soul, funk, Latin, Native American, and country rock elements. The band's name, which is a term historically used in much of the South to denote people or cultures of mixed heritage, describes the ethnicity of the band members and also reflects the diverse multicultural facets of Redbone's music.
Redbone made its debut on the Pop/Rock charts in late 1970 with "Maggie," which was followed shortly thereafter by the band's first Top 40 hit, "The Witch Queen Of New Orleans" (1971), an eerie song about the 19th-century Creole voodoo practitioner, Marie Laveau. Redbone had several other hits through 1974 that included the band's best known song, "Come And Get Your Love" (1974), which made the Top 10 and later became gold-certified. This feel-good oldies favorite experienced a renewed popularity in 2014 when it was featured in the soundtrack for the 2014 movie, "Guardians Of The Galaxy," which topped the Billboard 200. "Come And Get Your Love" is also used as the opening theme to the Netflix cartoon series, "F Is For Family," which premiered in late 2015.
Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and the New York Smithsonian in 2013.
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