J. Geils, 'Centerfold' musician, dies at age 71

Cheryl Sanders
April 12, 2017

Geils Band was found dead at his MA home by police Tuesday, authorities said. Police responded to Geils' home on Graniteville Road for a well-being check around 4 p.m., according to the Groton Police Department. Upon their arrival, police found Geils unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Groton Police Chief Donald Palma Jr. released a report Tuesday evening, confirming that the 71-year-old had died. He is also listed as the homeowner of the house, police said.

The J. Geils Band was launched as a blues trio in the Boston area in the 1960s.

Internal strife between songwriters Peter Wolf and Seth Justman resulted in the J. Geils Band temporarily breaking up in 1985.

The J. Geils Band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while Geils was studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Their title song from their 11th album, "Love Stinks", is familiar to younger audiences from its appearance on the soundtrack of "The Wedding Singer". Things began to fall apart after the release of "Freeze Frame", with vocalist Wolf departing the band to pursue a solo career.

The band's early albums were not huge sellers but they burnished their reputation with their high-energy performances, eventually releasing three concert LPs during their active days. Following the split, Geils reunited with former band mate Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz to form the duo "Bluestime", releasing two records during the 1990's.

The band had several reunion tours since then.

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

Others took the opportunity to reminisce.

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