How did Vilas Craig die? Guitar Man’s cause of death Explained

Vilas Craig cause of death. (Source : Facebook /Vilas Craig)

“Guitar Man” Vilas Craig died. He has by far had the greatest impact on music, and music was the center of his entire life. Keep reading to know more about the Guitar Man and his cause of death in detail.


Who was Vilas Craig?

Vilas Craig, a Wisconsin native from Richland County, began singing and playing the guitar at a young age. He started a group named The Kollege Kings in 1957. One of the first bands to perform Rock ‘n’ Roll in Wisconsin was The Kollege Kings.

The two original songs “Spring Fever” and “My One My Only Love” were recorded and issued by them on a 45 rpm record in 1959. Vilas Craig & The ViCounts became the band’s new name in 1960, and they put out several further records.

The Kollege Kings and the Vicounts were considered “rockabilly” in the manner of Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, all of whom had songs that were successful on both the country and mainstream music charts. Holly’s voice might be heard in Craig’s voice on Kollege Kings and Vicounts recordings. He also qualifies as a factor, Ricky Nelson.

Jim Chitwood played bass in the original lineup of the Kollege Kings, along with Vilas Craig on vocals, Karl Gillingham on drums, Steve Prestegard on piano, and Gene Fuzz Mueller on guitar. All participated in the band at Richland Centre High School. (Source :

The group had previous encounters with musicians from the 1960s. The Vicounts once accompanied Bobby Darin at a concert in Madison and Jackie DeShannon and Bobby Goldsboro at events in Rockford, Illinois. Additionally, they performed with The Rivieras, a one-hit wonder band, at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, as well as Gene Pitney at a concert hosted by the men’s basketball team at UW-Platteville. Additionally, they participated in a cerebral palsy telethon that WISC-TV in Madison broadcast.

Under the name The Six Shooters, the group also issued other singles such as “Don’t You Just Know It” and “Rotation.” Later singles “Unlucky Am I”, “Summers Over” and “Looking for a Girl” were recorded in Nashville with Billy Grammer, Hargus Melvin “Pig” Robbins and other studio session musicians.

In 2022, the brand-new singles “Four Boys of Bethlehem” and “It’s All About the Baby” were released.


How did Vilas Craig die?

Vilas Craig “Guitar Man” passed away this morning. His son Timothy Craig posted the heartbreaking information on Vilas Craig’s official Facebook site.


Vilas Craig cause of death

Vilas Craig was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Vilas Craig cause of death in light of the recent news. According to his son Timothy Craig, Vilas Craig passed away in Richland County, Wisconsin, from natural causes. Additionally, he promised to post the details of his memorial service.


Tributes to Vilas Craig

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

Dick McGrane wrote: “The Tri States has lost a real and true music legend, Vilas Craig, Rock on Vilas!”

Diane commented: “So sorry about your dad Tim. He was a great guy and awesome singer. I don’t know if you remember me but I was your aunt Janet’s friend in Madison. I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that I lost my best friend with her passing away a few months ago. I did see and talk to your dad at her funeral. Take care Tim and hope you are doing well with your music.”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.


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