The Fabulous Del Counts began with a car accident. Charles Schoen was hit by a car at 9 years old. With his leg broken and being laid up for a year. His tutor would come every Monday. By the end of the day. He would have all his school work completed. Laying idle, he saw a guitar sitting in the corner. Eventually he snuck out of bed and began to teach himself. "The group started with kids on the same block." Deleon LaFave, a neighborhood friend stopped by after hearing Charles was getting his cast off. Del heard him playing guitar and started pounding on its case. He became the first drummer and inspiration for the bands name. At practice someone proclaimed...
"Del Counts the songs!"
The Fabulous Del Counts have since become the longest running rock and roll band in Minnesota. (61 years) Charles Schoen has received two Lifetime achievement awards, (Bill Diehl & MN-HOF) and most importantly entertained millions of people across the Midwest. (It Just took him longer) This Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands formula is simple: Play for The People. Whether it was a packed Met Center in the 60's, The Depot in the 70's, Excelsior Park Tavern in the 80's, Gregory's in the 90's, or The Medina Entertainment Center every decade. The Del Counts had their breakout year in 1964. "Let The Good Times Roll" became a Midwest hit that took them from sock hops to sensations. They made many significant memories for fans opening for recording artists like Wilson Pickett, The Moody Blues, The Hollies, The Young Rascals, Sonny and Cher, Tiny Tim, Three Dog Night, Strawberry Alarm Clock, etc. Also being the house band at many of the premier clubs like Cascade 9, Mr. Nibbs, Burnsville Bowl, Nicklows, Excelsior Park Tavern, Gregory's, The President, and more. Songs like "What is the Reason" charted #4 on KDWB in 1967 and "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool Ya" in 71'. This Legendary Band can still be found on stage opening for national acts, summer festivals, corporate events, and local establishments. The Current Line-up is Charles Schoen (Vocals/Keys) Chris Casteneda (Bass) and Mark Medcalf (Drums)