Redbone is the Native American rock band that achieved an extraordinary feat in the music industry by becoming the first or only Native American band to ever reach the Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100.
The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1968 by brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas, who had the heritage of Yaqui and Shoshone. The breakthrough of Redbone was "Come and Get Your Love," which came in 1974 and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song's catchy melody, infectious rhythm, and powerful voice made it an instant classic, and also it has remained a beloved and frequently-played track on classic rock radio. Besides "Come and Get Your Love," Redbone had many hits in the 1970s. "The Witch Queen of New Orleans," "Maggie," and "Wovoka" are some other significant hits they had. The band's unique blend of rock and traditional Native American music created a dedicated fan base, helping establish them as one of the most distinctive and original acts of the era.
Redbone's success in the music industry was groundbreaking for Native American artists, who had historically been underrepresented and marginalized in the mainstream media. Also, the band's success helped to raise awareness of Native American culture and music in society and created a new generation of Indigenous musicians to pursue careers in the music industry.
Redbone faced many challenges throughout its career because of discrimination, cultural appropriation, and financial struggles. The band eventually disbanded in 1977, but their impact on the music industry and Native American representation in popular culture continues today.
The one and only Native American band to appear on the list of "Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100" shows their talent, creativity, and dedication. Their music is evergreen and continues to motivate listeners from all around the world.
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