Guitarist J. Geils has died, aged 71

The J. Geils Band were best known for a slew of hits across the 1980s, including Centerfold, Love Stinks and Freeze-Frame.

In a police statement it was recorded; "At approximately 4 p.m., Groton Police responded to a home on Graniteville Road for a well-being check".

Authorities reported that their "preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes".

The Groton Police Department is now investigating, according to Chief Donald Palma.

The J. Geils Band, which Geils formed (without Wolf) in the late '60s, enjoyed its greatest success with the release of 1981's "Freeze-Frame", an album that yielded two enormous hits, "Centerfold" and the title track. Another song fans might remember from 1980: The humorous Love Stinks. That track spent six weeks atop the pop charts in the US, with "Freeze-Frame" atop the album charts for four weeks.

Founded in 1967, The J Geils Band released 11 studio albums, among them the USA chart-topping Freeze-Frame, before breaking up in 1985.

While Geils was born as John Warren Geils Jr.in New York City on February 20, 1946 and grew up in New Jersey, he'll always be most closely associated with the Boston area.

They released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985, and reunited for performances in recent years.

Veteran blues guitarist John Geils Jr has died at his Boston home aged 71. It stayed on top for six weeks, and was featured on MTV.

While on tour, opening acts for the band included the Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top and U2.

During their five-decade career they have been nominated four times for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but have never been inducted. At the time, Salwitz told Billboard, "It's great to be recognized, but it's a drag to be disappointed". I hope that we make it in. "R.I.P. Jay Geils", Wolf wrote on his Facebook page.

The group evolved from its origins - and dropped "blues" from its name - to become a high-powered rock band, anchored by charismatic lead singer Peter Wolf.

  • Salvatore Jensen


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