Founding J. Geils Band Guitarist John Geils Dead At 71

The American guitarist J. Geils, of the J. Geils band who's most notable release was "Centerfold" on the album Freeze Frame (1981) died on Tuesday, April 11, at 71 years old.

Geils was born in NY in 1946 and raised in New Jersey. As is standard procedure in all unattended deaths, Groton Police Department is investigating, though there is no suspicion of foul play. The latter included both the title track and 'Centerfold, ' which spent no fewer than six weeks at No. 1 in the USA and became an worldwide smash.

The J. Geils Band's music was steeped in classic soul, R&B and blues, and the group became known for its energetic live shows focusing on the charismatic Wolf.

It switched focus in 1967, recruiting the energetic frontman and lead singer Peter Wolf and becoming the J. Geils Blues Band, with "blues" later being dropped.

The band gained commercial success in the 1980's, following a shift to a more mainstream sound in the release of their smash third album "Freeze Frame".

Their biggest hits included "Must of Got Lost", which reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1975 and "Love Stinks", a humorous rant against unrequited love, the title song of their 1980 album.

Geils and the rest of the members of his band were nominated four times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although they never made it in. Geils finally quit the band in 2012 and later sued his bandmates, claiming they were conspiring to tour without him and unlawfully using the band's trademarked name, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Geils spent his time restoring race cars in MA, a state he continued to call home. “Its great to be recognized, but its a drag to be disappointed.

Geils was best known for forming the J. Geils Band, in which he sang and played guitar. I hope that we make it in.

Wolf paid tribute on Twitter soon after Geils's death was announced, as did other musicians.

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