Charades

2009 - Band

In 1961 Marcus boys Mike Hoover (lead guitar), Chuck Nielsen (drums), Jim Brownmiller (rhythm guitar) and Mark Baumgardner (bass) decided to start a band after hearing the latest rock tunes on KOMA (Hall of Fame 2005), an Oklahoma City 1000-watt clear channel radio station. Within months, Dick Nielsen replaced Jim. Dick had a car, was old enough to drive and had all the latest rock records. After all, they were first exposed to rock and roll while riding around in Dick’s car!

“The Avengers” were born. Posters were printed and they played their first dance in Granville. Right away it was brought to the band’s attention that the name Avengers was very close to a Sutherland band “The Scavengers” (Hall of Fame 2006). The name was changed to The Charades and stayed that way for the six years they performed.

Over the desires of the “powers that be” in Marcus at that time, The Charades played in the old shelter house during the Marcus Fair in 1962. At $1 per head, they took in $300 and there were hundreds more watching from outside at Marcus’s first rock concert.

In 1964 Mark went to college and Denny Delaney was recruited to play bass. With the help of C&M Enterprises (Hall of Fame 2000), The Charades toured Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota for the next two years. During that time they also opened for the Everly Brothers at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park , played on tour with Miss Iowa and had the good fortune to party with the Dave Clark Five after their concert in Des Moines .

The party for the Charades ended in 1966 when the military called three of the guys and Mike was injured in a motorcycle accident. Mike was unable to regroup a new Charades.

The Charades performed a reunion concert at the Marcus Fair in 1989 and did an encore concert at the fair in 1990. They were honored to be asked to ride in the parade by their many friends and fans…old and new.

In 2000 Dick passed away. Mike continued as a professional musician, working around the country and presently back in Marcus. Chuck returned to Marcus in 2005. Both men have played briefly lately as The Charades. On Aug. 8, 2008 they performed their first official concert since 1990.

The Charades was a “pioneer” rock and roll band that influenced many young musicians to follow the same path. These musicians’ influence as well as widespread scope of performance make The Charades a worthy inductee into the IRRMA Hall of Fame in 2009.

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