'Centerfold' Guitarist J. Geils Found Dead in Massachusetts Home

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 20, 2017

John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist of the famous rock band The J. Geils Band, died on Tuesday, April 11.

He formed an acoustic blues trio, Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels, with bassist Danny Klein and harmonica player Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz, while studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the mid-'60s. After a "well-being check" at the musician's house at around 4 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), Geils was discovered unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene, police said in a statement.

Geils and the band are best known for their album, "Freeze Frame" and the song "Centerfold", which hit No. 1 for six weeks.

Before the band found mainstream success in the 1980s, the J. Geils Band were one of the more popular rock bands of the 1970s.

The group would reunite repeatedly over the years, but in 2012, Geils chose to leave for good.

The band's other charting singles include "Love Stinks" (No. 38), "Give It to Me" (No. 30), "Must of Got Lost" (No. 12) and "I Do" (No. 24). The band had a major hit in 1980 with "Love Stinks"-a favorite of film soundtracks for more than 30 years-before briefly launching into the stratosphere with "Centerfold", off of 1982's Freeze Frame".

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.

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.

After the band's dissolution, Geils opened up a fix shop for vintage sports cars, something he had been interested in since his childhood days.

"This is our fourth nomination, and going through that process, with its inherent disappointment, you're not sure you want to take that ride again", lead vocalist Peter Wolf told Billboard at the time. I hope that we make it in. During the Seventies, the J. Geils Band would release eight studio albums and two live records while touring relentlessly - but they wouldn't hit their commercial peak until the beginning of the next decade.

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