Vilas Craig, born in Richland County, Wisconsin, started singing and playing guitar early
in life. In 1958, he formed his first band named "The Kollege Kings." The Kollege Kings
were one of the first bands to play Rock n' Roll in Wisconsin. In 1959, they recorded and
released their first two original songs "Spring Fever" and "My One My Only Love" on a
45 rpm record.
In 1960, Vilas changed the bands name to Vilas Craig & The ViCounts and
released several more records.