Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………….on Aril 22nd of 1974 the L.A. group Redbone earned a Gold record for the single “Come and Get Your Love”, which was currently #5 on the Hot 100. The song was written by band member Lolly Vegas and produced by Lolly and his brother Pat Vegas, who was also a band member (bass player). It was originally featured on Redbone’s 1973 album, Wovoka; later the song appeared on many “greatest hits” albums released by the band, as well as on numerous compilation albums of the 1970s. The song spent 18 weeks in the Top 40 and landed as the 4th most popular song on the Hot 100 for 1974.  “Come and Get Your Love” is Redbone’s highest charting single and one of two Top 40 hits by the band (an earlier recording, “The Witch Queen of New Orleans”, peaked at number 21 in 1972). The name Redbone itself is a Cajun term for a mixed-race person, 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. Patrick and Lolly Vasquez-Vegas were a mixture of Yaqui, Shoshone, and Mexican heritage. Redbone played primarily rock music with R&B, Cajun, blue-eyed soul, funk, country, tribal, and Latin roots. Their first world commercial success came with the single “The Witch Queen of New Orleans” that peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and followed by the single “Maggie” from their second album, Potlatch. “Come and Get Your Love” followed as a smash No. 5 hit for Redbone and remained on the chart for 24 weeks. The song was not released as a single in the UK.