J. Geils, Guitarist of J. Geils Band, Dead at 71

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Guitarist John Warren Geils Jr., known best by his stage name J. Geils, was found dead at his Massachusetts home on Tuesday reports Rolling Stone. He was 71. Geils formed the J. Geils Band in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1967, originally as an acoustic blues trio. After adding new members, including vocalist Peter Wolf, the band achieved mainstream success outside the Boston area in the 1970s with several hit singles. It wasn’t until the next decade, however, that the band would hit its commercial stride with albums Love Stinks (1980) and Freeze-Frame (1981). Songs from those records, including “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks,” “Freeze-Frame,” and “Come Back,” did well on the Billboard charts and continue to receive frequent air time on rock and throwback radio stations. The band officially split in 1985, a year after Wolf left to pursue a solo career. Geils continued to release music, in the ’90s as part of the band Bluestime, and in the aughts as a solo jazz musician. His cause of death has yet to be released.

J. Geils, Guitarist of J. Geils Band, Dead at 71