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Count Five
United States

Years: 1964 - 1968
Styles: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock


Roy Chaney - Bass Guitar
John Michalski - Lead guitar


Craig Atkinson - Drums
Kenn Ellner - Harmonica, Tambourine, Vocals
John "Sean" Byrne - Rhythm guitar, Vocals

Biography Picture

      Count Five (also Count V) was a garage rock group consisting of the member Kenn Ellner, John “Sean Byrne”, Roy Chaney, John “Mouse” Michalski and Craig “Butch” Atkinson, from San Jose California who’s song "Psychotic Reaction" reached number 5 in the Billboard charts in 1966 and was selected as one of the five hundred most influential songs in Rock n’ Roll History by the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

     The band was founded in 1964 by John "Mouse" Michalski (lead guitar) and Roy Chaney  took over bass.

     All of the members went to Pioneer High School in San Jose, CA except for John Michalski who attended Blackford High School but later also attended Pioneer for a short time.

     "Psychotic Reaction” is an early garage rock song released by the American rock band Count Five in 1966, and also the title of their only album.

      The Count Five disbanded in 1968.


Psychotic Reaction (1966)

Singles & EPs

Psychotic Reaction (Aug, 1966)
Peace Of Mind (Nov, 1966)
Teeny Bopper, Teeny Bopper (Mar, 1967)
Merry-Go-Round / Contrast (Jul, 1967)
Revelation In Slow Motion (Jan, 1968)
Mailman / Pretty Big Mouth (1969)

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