Redbone co-founder dies

RedboneLolly Vegas (a.k.a. Lolly Vasquez), one of the co-founders of the 70s R&B group Redbone, has died of lung cancer at age 70.  Redbone was the most popular Native American R&B band, and topped the charts in 1974 with the monster hit, "Come And Get Your Love."

RedboneLolly Vegas (a.k.a. Lolly Vasquez), one of the co-founders of the 70s R&B group Redbone, has died of lung cancer at age 70.  Redbone was the most popular Native American R&B band, and topped the charts in 1974 with the monster hit, "Come And Get Your Love."

Formed in 1969 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 ("half-breed"), 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. According to Patrick Vasquez, it was Jimi Hendrix - himself part Native American - who talked the musicians into forming an all-Native American rock group and so they signed as the band "Redbone" to Epic Records in 1969.  READ MORE.

 

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