Los Cheyenne tienen su Rock.


El Diestro.- Recuperando recuerdos de juventud, os hablaré de un grupo Rock que me causó gran impacto, aunque no duradero. Se trata de REDBONE, formado en California a finales de los '60. La banda estaba conformada por Indios Cheyenne de la Reserva del Estado de Washington.



                      Redbone "Witch queen of New Orleans" 1971


La Banda estaba formada por:

Lolly Vegas Voz, Guitarra y teclados.
Pat Vegas Voz, bajo y teclados.
Tony Bellamy Voz, Guitarra y teclados.
Peter DePoe Batería, percusión y coros.

Esta formación original fue cambiando a lo largo de su discografía, en la cual iré mencionando los cambios oportunos.
El nombre original "Redbone" en dialecto cajún, se puede traducir por "Indio Blanco". Una anécdota que no quiero dejar pasar, es el curioso apodo del Batería, conocido como "El último oso caminante", quien tocaba el tambor en las ceremonias de las reservas cheyenne donde vivía.
Su música, una curiosa conjunción de ritmos autóctonos indios con Soul y Rock, obtuvieron algunos éxitos a nivel internacional, cabe mencionar entre ellos "Witch Queen of New Orleans" y "We where all wounded at wounded knee" este último tema fue censurado durante un tiempo en muchos medios de comunicación de Estados Unidos, ya que la canción nos habla de la limpieza étnica sufrida por el pueblo Lakota en 1890.



               Redbone "We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee" 1973

















DISCOGRAFIA OFICAL

1970, Redbone:






1970

SONGS:

Crazy Cajun Cakewalk Band lead: Pat)
Prehistoric Rhythm (lead vocal : Lolly)
Niki Hokey (lead vocal : Tony)
Promise I Won't Let It Show (lead vocal : Pat)
Minor Seventh Heaven (lead vocal : Lolly)
Night Come Down (lead vocal : Lolly)
Tennessee Girl (lead vocal : Lolly)
Rebecca (lead vocal : Tony)
Jambone (instrumental)
Little Girl (lead vocal : Lolly)
Chance to See (lead vocal : Pat)
Red and Blue (lead vocal : Lolly)
Suite Mode (instrumental)
(I Can't) Handle It (lead vocal : Lolly)
I'm a Man (instrumental)
Danse Calinda (lead vocal : Pat)
Things Go Better (instrumental)



The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass

Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar

Pete DePoe: drums



1970, POTLATCH



SONGS:

Maggie(lead vocal : Lolly)
Light as a Feather (lead vocal : Pat)
Who Can Say? (lead vocal : Lolly)
Judgment Day (lead vocal : Lolly)
Without Reservation (lead vocal : Lolly)
Chant:13th Hour (lead vocal : Pat)
Alcatraz (lead vocal : Pat)
Drinkin' and Blo (lead vocal : Lolly)
Bad News Ain't No News at All (lead : Band)
New Blue Sermonette (lead vocal : Lolly)


The Band Members:


Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass

Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar

Pete DePoe: drums




MESSAGE FROM A DRUM 1971





SONGS

Message from a Drum (lead vocal : Pat)
Niji Trance (lead vocal : Tony)
Sun Never Shines on the Lonely (lead : Lolly)
Maxsplivitz (instrumental)
Emotions (lead vocal : Lolly + instrumental)
Jerico (lead vocal : Lolly)
Witch Queen of New Orleans (lead vocal : Pat)
When You Got Trouble (lead vocal : Pat)
Perico (instrumental)
Fate (lead vocal : Lolly)
One Monkey (lead vocal : Lolly)


The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar, organ
Pat Vegas: vocals, bass, guitar, piano
Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar, dobro
Pete DePoe: drums, percussion, backing vocals



Already here 1972





SONGS:

Fais Do(listen to an extract)
Motivation
Power
Speakeasy
Condition Your Condition
Song from Moulin Rouge (Where is your Heart)
Good Enough for Jesu
Poison Ivy(listen to an extract)
Already Here



The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass

Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar

Arturo Pérez: drums






1973


SONGS:
We are all wounded at Wounded Knee

The Band Members:


Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass

Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar

Arturo Perez: drums

Este disco fue prohibido en Estados Unidos debido a su alto contenido político, recordando la masacre de una banda de indios sioux por el Séptimo de Caballería en 1890 y solo se editaron 500 copias.

Fue sin embargo en Europa donde la canción se editó dentro del disco:



Alcanzando un nº1 indiscutible en toda Europa.



Wovoka 1973





SONGS:

Wovoka
Sweet Lady of Love
Someday (A Good Song)
Liquid Truth
Come and Get Your Love
Day to Day Life/Chant Wovoka
Clouds in My Sunshine
23rd and Mad

The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass

Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar

Arturo Pérez: drums


Beaded Dreams through Turquoise Eyes 1974



SONGS:


One More Time
Suzi Girl
Only You and Rock & Roll
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Cookin' With d'Redbone
(Beaded Dreams Through) Turquoise Eyes
Beautiful Illusion
Interstate Highway 101
I'll Never Stop Loving You
Moon When Four Eclipse


The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass

Tony Bellamy: vocal, guitar

Arturo Pérez: drums

Butch Rillera: drums


Cicles 1977




Songs:

Cycles (lead vocal : Pat & Lolly)
Open (Give It Back to Me) (lead vocal : Pat)
Gamble (Tanke a Change on Me) (lead vocal : Lolly)
Ooh (lead vocal : Lolly)
Give Our Love Another Try (lead vocal : Pat)
Dancing Bones (lead vocal : Pat)
Checkin' It Out (lead vocal : Lolly)
Funky Silk (lead vocal : Pat)
Don't Say No (lead vocal : Pat & Lolly)

The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar

Pat Vegas: vocals, bass, percussion

Aloiso Aguiar: piano, rhodes, clavinet, percussion…



1977 editado en 1994



Songs:

Don't Say No(lead vocal : Pat & Lolly)
Witch Queen of New Orleans (lead vocal : Pat)
Give Our Love Another Try (lead vocal : Pat)
Maggie (lead vocal : Lolly)
Come and Get Your Love
Gamble (Take a Chance on Me) (lead vocal : Lolly)
Far Out Party At Gazzarri´s


The Band Members:


Corpus Christi
Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar
Pat Vegas: vocals, bass
Gabriel Katona: keyboards, vocals
Jack White: drums
Plato T. Jones: percussion


Gazzarri's
Lolly Vegas: vocals, guitar
Pat Vegas: vocals, bass
Aloiso Aguiar: keyboards
Eddie Summers: drums



2005

The songs:

Beverly Bld Blues
I am Somebody
One World
It's a Brand new day
Love is Magic
Custer had it comin'
Mystery man
Arigato
Bad Boys
The Best for You


The Band Members:

Lolly Vegas: guitar
Pat Vegas: vocals, bass
Tony Bellamy : guitars


Sin ser una banda que marcará ningún hito en la Historia del Rock, si son dignos de estudio, debido a la impronta tan particular que infringieron en el Rock en su momento. Os dejo con dos vídeos, bajo mi punto de vista de lo mejor de su obra y un concierto con sus grandes éxitos:











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