Peter DePoe

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Pete DePoe
Peter DePoe
Also known as Last Walking Bear
Born 1943 (age 73–74)
Neah Bay, Washington, United States
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Redbone

Peter DePoe (also known as Last Walking Bear) is a Native American rock musician who is perhaps best-known as the drummer for the Native American band Redbone. Born in Neah Bay, Washington in 1943, his tribal descents are Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho, Chippewa, Siletz, Rogue River Tututni and Iroquois. DePoe is also of French and German descent. He first became Redbone's drummer in 1969. He was credited with developing a style of drumming known as "King Kong". In 1972, following the death of his father, he left the group. The band replaced him with Arturo Perez, and then with Redbone bandmate Tony Bellamy's Filipino-Mexican American cousin, Butch Rillera.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • "Come And Get Your Love: A Celebratory Ode to Redbone (1939-Present)" by Pat “Redbone” Vegas, Rehbon Publishing, 2017, 280 pps.


  • Ron Buford - Deep Soul Pt. 1 & 2 - Camelot Studios - 1962
  • Mr. Clean and the Cleansers - 1964
  • Jimmy McCracklin - The Stinger Man (LP, Album) Minit LP-24017 1969
  • Redbone - Potlatch Epic 1970
  • Redbone - Redbone Epic 1970
  • Redbone - Message From A Drum Epic 1971
  • Power (Prelude To A Means) (as Peter O. DePoe)
  • Redbone - Already Here (LP, Album) Epic, Epic, Epic EPC 65072, S EPC 65072, KE 31598 1972
  • Trafton - Traffic Jam (CD, Album) Rose Records (2), Rose Records (2) #208, ROSE208 1990
  • Take It Easy Various - WTNG 89.9 FM: Solid Bronze (LP, Comp, Ltd) Numero Group, Numbero NBR-002 2012
  • Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street - EMI- 1972
  • Redbone - Wovoka Epic 1973
  • Redbone - Come And Get Your Redbone / The Best Of Redbone Epic 1975
  • Jimmy Ford - Harlan County (Sundown/White Whale Records JHS-1002), 1969
  • Brenda Patterson - Keep On Keepin On 1970 - Epic Records

Writing & Arrangement:

  • Things Go Better... (as P. DePoe)
  • 23rd And Mad (as P. DePoe)
  • Intro for Chant 13th Hour - Redbone
  • Cisco's Ride Home (as P. DePoe)

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