Geils Band John Warren Geils Jr. dies

The guitarist, whose group was best known for their 1982 hit Centrefold, was pronounced dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday.

Foul play is not suspected at this time in the death but it is being investigated by Groton Police, "as is standard procedure in all unattended deaths", Palma noted.

"Serves You Right to Suffer" (from "Live" Full House, 1972) - The J. Geils Band made some great studio records, but they were first and foremost a live band.

The band broke up a few years later. That album featured the group's only chart-topping hit, "Centerfold", while its title track also reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

WCVB-TV in Boston reported Geils had called Groton his home for 35 years.

Geils never stopped recording, releasing three solo albums in the 2000s. However, Geils officially quit the band in 2012, where he proceeded to sue his bandmates for going on tour without him and using the band's trademarked name.

Despite giving the popular 1970s and 1980s party band his name, Mr. Geils was not the group's front man - that being lead singer Peter Wolf.

It was in Worcester that he helped form the J. Geils Band in 1967, which released its debut album in 1970.

MTV did wonders for J. Geils Band as videos for "Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame" were among the most played videos of the early '80s.

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

At the height of their popularity in the 1980's, the band was opened for by such musical heavyweights as The Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top and U2.

"He'd stop by to talk about Swing", Ward said, noting that Geils loved obscure musicians. “Its great to be recognized, but its a drag to be disappointed. I hope that we make it in.

Born in NY in 1946 and raised in New Jersey, Geils was best known as a musician, but his first love was cars - a passion he inherited from his father along with his ear for music, he told Autoweek in 2012.

  • Salvatore Jensen