J. Geils, Former Leader And Guitarist Of The J. Geils Band, Dead At 71
Wednesday - 12/04/2017 08:28
Some of the band’s biggest hits included “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks” and “Freeze Frame.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) - J. Geils, leader of The J. Geils Band whose hard-driving hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame” and “Love Stinks,” died on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said. He was 71.
Groton police said Geils, whose full name was John Warren Geils Jr., appeared to have died of natural causes. After a “well-being check” at the musician’s house at around 4 p.m. EDT, Geils was discovered unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene, police said in a statement.
The J. Geils Band was launched as a blues trio in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the 1960s. It soon switched its focus to electric guitars and bass as it became a staple of the Boston music scene through the 1970s with Geils as its lead guitarist and Peter Wolf on vocals, the group said on its Facebook page.
Its biggest commercial successes were the hard rock ‘n’ roll anthems that came with the release of “Freeze Frame,” the band’s 12th album, in 1981.
The album, which followed the comical hit “Love Stinks,” also included the title track and “Centerfold,” which was No. 1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 list, the group said.