Redbone singer Lolly Vegas dies in Los Angeles

Sat Mar 6, 2010 7:55pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lolly Vegas, a co-founder of Redbone who wrote the hit "Come and Get Your Love" for the 1970s band, has died in Los Angeles, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Vegas, 70, who had been battling cancer for several years, died at home Thursday, band spokesman Joe Ortiz said.

Singer/guitarist Vegas, whose real name was Lolly Vasquez, formed Redbone with his brother Patrick in 1969. The band, with members of Latino and native American origin, released its self-titled debut album the following year.

"Come and Get Your Love" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1974.

Vegas is survived by his brother.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by John O'Callaghan)