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Pioneers in the Native American rock movement, the L.A.-based band formed in 1969 with the encouragement of Jimi Hendrix, who suggested that a rock band with their ancestry might do well in the marketplace. Naming themselves after the Cajun term for a mixed-race person, the group, which also featured Pete DePoe and brothers Patrick and Lolly Vasquez, signed with Epic Records and landed chart hits with 'Maggie' and 'The Witch Queen of New Orleans,' in 1970 and 1971 respectively.
Bellamy, a Mexican-American Yaqui Indian, was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2008 and was an ardent supporter of the organization. In a statement reacting to his death, N.A.M.A. said it was "deeply saddened to learn of the passing. Anthony, or Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy ... He was a beloved and endearing friend of the 'Nammys' since its inception, and will be greatly missed."
Prior to his work with Redbone, which he left in 1977, Bellamy performed with San Francisco acts Dobie Gray and Peter and the Wolves, who became Moby Grape.