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Redbone singer and guitarist Lolly Vegas dies at 70

Lolly Vegas, 70, the lead singer and guitarist for Redbone, a Native American rock band that had a million-selling hit in 1974 with the bouncy "Come and Get Your Love," died in his sleep Thursday at his home in Reseda.

He had lung cancer and had been in poor health since suffering a stroke 15 years ago, said the band’s manager, Michael Stone.

Redbone rode the tight, driving style of "Come and Get Your Love" to No. 5 on Billboard’s pop singles chart, but most of the band’s songs had less of a dance feel and more of a swamp-rock sound. The band first gained notice with "Maggie" in 1970 and "The Witch Queen of New Orleans" in 1971.

In concert, Redbone often dressed in traditional Native American attire, and some of the group's songs, including "We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee," emphasized the members' Indian background.

Vegas was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Coalinga, Calif., and grew up in Fresno. He and his brother Pat, a singer and bassist, were session musicians who performed together as Pat and Lolly Vegas in the 1960s at Sunset Strip clubs and on the TV variety show "Shindig!"

The brothers also were prolific songwriters whose "Niki Hoeky" was covered by Aretha Franklin, Bobbie Gentry and P.J. Proby.

In addition to his brother Pat, Vegas is survived by his wife, Risa; his mother, Eloise Vasquez; two other brothers, Ramon and Rudy; and three sisters, Linda, Marie and Theresa.

A viewing is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Lorenzen Mortuary, 19300 Sherman Way, Reseda. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11, with a benediction planned at 7:30 p.m. at Lorenzen Mortuary.

The funeral will be held March 18 at Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 L St., Fresno.

--Claire Noland

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Went to their concert in Oklahoma City, OK back in the 70's it was great
also invited to the red carpet inn for afterwards party, it was alright they
all were friendly, LOLLY VEGAS and groups made all NATIVE AMERICANS

I lost my friend,brother, Lolly was a dear friend to my dad
Manuel (Manny) Orozco of Hayward Lee and the Blue Notes. I will cherish are phone conversations and the stories he told me. I feel Proud to have known Lolly. Being Yaqui Indian myself I know he has his wings of air. There is no death, only a change of worlds. My thoughts and prayers are with the family today and always....
Melissa Orozco-Simon

Thanks for the wonderful music Lolly and thank you for making Native Americans proud. Rest in peace brother.

I am sorry to read of the passing of Lolly Vegas. My thoughts and prayers to his family. Thank you, Lolly Vegas, for being part of Redbone. The song, "Come and Get Your Love," will be one of my very favourite songs. It has a special meaning to me. My husband and myself will be celebrating our 38 anniversary this year.....and 'Come and Get Your Love," has meant many things to us...Be at Peace...Bless your family........

I learned of Lolly's death from my friend Frank Bonilla, a relative of Lolly's.
Frank is a fan of my music and asked me to do an acoustic cover of Come And Get Your Love for the family.

I was honored by the request.
Lolly was buried on Tusday March 16th in Fresno, Califronia where he grew up. R.I.P. Lolly Vegas. This note's for you:

O! I am so sorry to learn of his passing. What a beautiful voice! Now he'll play and sing in Heaven. Rest in peace, dear Lolly!

O! I'm so sorry to hear of Lolly's passing. What a beautiful voice! Some of my best memories were made listening to your music. Rest in peace, dear Lolly, and make a joyful noise in Heaven. I will see you soon when I get there and we'll sing together.

I lived in Sherman Oaks Ca from 1985 to 1989 and my good friend Reggie Pollard was next door neighbors with Lolly Vegas.I had the pleasure of meeting Lolly and getting to know him.I remember as a child growing up in Brooklyn New York how my friends and I would listen to Red Bone all the time on the radio.Come and get your love was my favorite.
I was invited into the studio with Lolly and the band as they were working on a new album.I will always remember how excited I was that day to watch and listen to Lolly and the band rehearsing,and how wonderful he really was.Thank you Lolly for bringing all of us so much joy with your music.

I'am truely sorry for your loss I use to live in the Angeles National Forest and had met a family members band members from the group ... I loved Come & Get your Love ......... thanks take care

I saw Redbone in Kansas City (Cowtown Ballroom) in the early 70s and the set was the same as the Midnight Special video clip. I sat right in front. They were an amazing live band. Indians from miles around attended that concert, and we all felt such a sense of pride. I send my heartfelt sympathy to the family. His gifts were well received by many, and I hope his journey is a peaceful one.

Just was enjoying Midnight Special video of Redbone and surfingd the net. So I checked out the band and found the death notice of Lolly Vegas. The world dies a little every time a poet artist passes. Not enough poets in this world!

Had the pleasure of attending a redbone concert in whiteswan Washington. My friend Lonnie Spencer and I have good memories of that time. Rock on bro on the wings of eagles. All my relations....


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