About Redbone

A Native American rock band that caught fire in the ’70s, Redbone broke boundaries and shined a light on social issues while topping the charts.

∙ Before they founded Redbone, brothers Lolly and Pat Vegas spent the ’60s on the pop circuit, touring with The Beach Boys and penning such hits as P.J. Proby’s “Niki Hoeky.”
∙ According to Pat, Jimi Hendrix—who himself had Cherokee heritage—encouraged the Vegas brothers to form an all-Native American band, and Redbone was born in 1969.
∙ Redbone’s first hits were the swamp rockers “Maggie” (1970) and “The Witch Queen of New Orleans” (1971), both of which landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
∙ The politically charged “We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee” was too controversial for US radio but found widespread success in Europe, even reaching No. 1 in the Netherlands.
∙ Funk anthem “Come and Get Your Love” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974—and found new life 40 years later, when it was featured in the film Guardians of the Galaxy.
∙ In 2008, the group was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame.

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