Peter DePoe (born August 21, 1943), also known as Last Walking Bear, is an American rock musician who was the drummer for the Native American band Redbone. Born in Neah Bay, Washington in 1943, his tribal ancestors are Southern Cheyenne, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, and Rogue River/Siletz. DePoe is also of French and German descent. He first played with Jimi Hendrix in Seattle's local taverns as a young man and moved to California and became Redbone's drummer in 1969.

Peter DePoe
Background information
Also known asLast Walking Bear
Born (1943-08-21) August 21, 1943 (age 80)
Neah Bay, Washington, United States
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer

He was credited with developing a style of drumming known as "King Kong", later copied by other drummers for its versatile and funk-oriented rhythms.[1]

In early 1972, he left the group. The band replaced him with Arturo Perez, and then with Redbone bandmate Tony Bellamy's cousin Butch Rillera.[2]

Further reading Edit

  • "Come And Get Your Love: A Celebratory Ode to Redbone (1939-Present)" by Pat "Redbone" Vegas. Jim Hoffmann, contributor. Rehbon Publishing, 2017, 280 pps.
  • "King Kong Pete: Redbone and Beyond" by Peter "Last Walking Bear" DePoe. Jim Hoffmann, contributor. King Kong Beat Publishing, 2017, 292 pps.

Discography Edit

  • 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)

References Edit

  1. ^ "Learn to Play: The "King Kong" Drum Lesson with Jordan West". May 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Native American Music Awards – "In Their Honor" Archived April 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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