Tuesday, April 11, 2017

J Geils Has Died

John Warren Geils Jr., the artist known professionally as J. Geils and part of the rock group The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts, home.

The 71-year-old was found unresponsive by police around 4 p.m. Tuesday after they responded to his home for a well-being check. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

"A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes," police said in a statement.

The J. Geils Band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while Geils, whose full name was John Warren Geils Jr., was studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Geils served as the band's guitarist and vocalist.

The group had several Top 40 singles in the early 1970s, including a cover song "Lookin' for a Love" by the family group The Valentinos and "Give It to Me."

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. Their song "Centerfold," from the album "Freeze Frame" was released in 1981 and eventually charted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982. It stayed there for six weeks and was featured on MTV.

The band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time last fall but once again was not selected as part of the 2017 class.


JustReading said...

I hope his angel is the centerfold

AndrewBW said...

He was a really underrated guitarist. They deserve to be in the Rock Hall more than half of the people who are already there. RIP.

pusssykatt said...

Me too! He was one of the first concerts I took my children to see.

AMartel said...

Great band! RIP.

sandybrook said...

RIP, so many people today have confused him with Peter Wolf, the J. Geils front man who is still alive and well. Saw them 3 times always gave a great show.

longtimereader said...

His heart runs cold...sorry couldn't resist. R.I.P.

sean said...

Somehow, he hadn't even been in the band for the last few years. They toured without him. Still a killer show.


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