The first Native American band to have a #1 hit either at home or internationally! Redbone’s best known hit, Come and Get Your Love, peaked at #5 on the US charts in 1974.
- Redbone was formed in 1969 by brothers Pat and Lolly Vasquez-Vegas and became the first Native American band to have a #1 single in the US and internationally – their first single The Witch Queen of New Orleans topped the charts in Belgium in 1971.
- The brother’s music career began with Pat winning a singing contest sponsored by Coca-Cola. With it came a recording contract.
- The brothers moved to LA, formed their band and began playing in clubs around Hollywood and Sunset Blvd. They worked hard writing material and playing guitar and bass on records by some familiar 60s and 70s icons such as, Tina Turner, Sonny & Cher, James Brown, Little Richard, and Elvis.
- Peter DePoe and Robert Anthony Avila (aka Tony Bellamy) joined the band and they signed to Epic Records.
- Pat always said it was Jimi Hendrix – himself part Cherokee – who inspired them to form an all-Native American band. Meanwhile, Jimi once said Lolly was his favourite guitar player, and Pat his favourite bass player! That’s pretty high praise. Jimi also cited the Vegas brothers as his greatest musical influence!!
- Redbone is cajun term for a mixed race person.
- Redbone released their first album – Redbone – in 1970. By 1977, they had produced seven albums and achieved five hit singles, including the #5 hit, Come and Get Your Love.
- In 2008, Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame. Then, in 2013, inducted into the NY Smithsonian. In 2014, Pat was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement “Legend” Award from the West Coast American Indian Music Awards.
- Tony died in 2009 and Lolly died in 2010. Pat continues to tour as Redbone using an array of musicians.
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- Come and Get Your Love was written by Lolly Vegas and featured on the 1973 album Wovoka by Native American band Redbone.
- Come and Get Your Love peaked at #5 on the US singles chart in April 1974, spending 18 weeks in the Top 40 – it was the 4th most popular song of 1974.
- It is Redbone’s highest charting song.
- Come and Get Your Love exists in two versions; the shorter radio version and a longer version, with an introductory slow part, plus a longer repeated coda. The song also features the use of an electric sitar.
- In 1995, German band Real McCoy released a cover version. It peaked at #19 on the US singles chart and #18 on the UK charts
- Cyndi Lauper samples the main hook of Come and Get Your Love on her remix of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun which features on the soundtrack to the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.
- Other movies to use Come and Get Your Love include: Dance Me Outside, Dick, and Guardians of the Galaxy. It is the opening theme for Netflix’s animated-comedy series F Is for Family and featured in Sky UK’s advertisement for their superfast fibre broadband.
- Come and Get Your Love lyrics.
come and get your love – redbone – 1974 – video – short version
come and get your love – redbone – 1974 – video – long version
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