Guitarist J. Geils found dead in his MA home

"At approximately 4 pm, Groton Police responded to a home on Graniteville Road for a well-being check". He was declared dead at the scene...

Groton Chief of Police Donald Palma Jr. said that even though "foul play" was not suspected, investigation was to be carried out as the death was "unattended".

"We just heard that J. Geils has passed away", wrote Foghat drummer Roger Earl.

Geils has called Groton his home for 35 years.

In recent years, the band toured without Geils because of a legal dispute with his record label, which claimed ownership of the band's name, according to the Facebook page. The J. Geils Band officially split in 1985, but began to play the occasional reunion show in 1999.

Geils was born in NY in 1946 and was raised in New Jersey.

J. Geils and Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band performing at Fenway Park on August 14 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The J. Geils Band was influenced by soul music and rhythm and blues, but it moved toward pop and rock by the time the album "Love Stinks" came out in 1980.

The band's early albums were not huge sellers but they burnished their reputation with their high-energy performances, eventually releasing three concert LPs during their active days. Centerfold spent six weeks atop the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 beginning in February 1982.

"Give It To Me" (from Bloodshot, 1973) - Like the Beatles, the Stones and the Who, the J. Geils Band eventually transitioned from being an awesome cover band to writing their own song; this was an early hit penned by the band's songwriting team of singer Peter Wolf and keyboardist Seth Justman; the song hit #30 on the pop charts. The group re-formed in 2009 without Geils, who wound up suing his ex-band mates in 2012 over the use of his moniker. Named Bluestime, the band released two records - "Bluestime" (1994) and "Little Car Blues" (1996) - with Rounder Records, USA Today reported.

Despite their ups and downs, Peter - who fronted the group from 1967 to 1983 - paid a touching tribute to Geils on hearing of his passing.

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Governor also spoke of his love for the band on Twitter.

  • Salvatore Jensen