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'Centrefold' guitarist J. Geils has passed away at 71

'Centrefold' guitarist J. Geils has passed away at 71

The album that "Centerfold" was taken from, "Freeze-Frame", also hit number one in the charts in the same year.

United States musician John Geils Jr, founder of The J Geils Band, has died at the age of 71.

Geils was found unresponsive after officers were called to his home on Graniteville Road in the town of Groton, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Boston, for a well-being check.

Sources told the local outlet that he was pronounced dead at the scene and that there was no foul play suspected.

Geils formed the group in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, along with singer Peter Wolf, bassist Danny Klein, harmonica player "Magic Dick" Salwitz, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and keyboardist Seth Justman, and the band released its self-titled debut album in 1970.

Although the J. Geils Band was a popular touring combo from the late Sixties through the Seventies, they didn't make it big until the early Eighties, when they struck gold with "Love Stinks", "Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame".

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In recent years, the band toured without Geils because of a legal dispute with his record label, which claimed ownership of the band's name, according to the Facebook page. The J. Geils Band officially split in 1985, but began to play the occasional reunion show in 1999.

J. Geils, the founder of The J. Geils Band, has died at the age of 71. The album claimed the number 1 spot on the charts for four weeks, while single "Centerfold" dominated the Billboard Top 100, sitting at number 1 for six weeks straight.

"Whammer Jammer" (from The Morning After, 1971) - Written by "Juke Joint Jimmy", a pseudonym for songs co-composed by the entire J. Geils Band.

The J Geils Band performing on stage at Boston's Fenway Park in August, 2010.

When news of Geils' death broke, fans turned to social media to offer condolences and to reminisce about the band's songs and concerts. “Its great to be recognized, but its a drag to be disappointed.


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