The J. Geils Band Leader Dead at 71
The J. Geils Band leader, J. Geils, has died, aged 71. The “Centerfold” hitmaker, real name John Warren Geils, Jr., was reportedly found dead in his Massachusetts home.
Guitarist Geils formed The J. Geils Band in 1967 while studying mechanical engineering. The band released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985 shortly after frontman Peter Wolf quit to go solo. The group reunited for tours but in 2012, Geils left the band for good. As well as the global number one “Centerfold,” The J. Geils Band also hit the charts with “Freeze Frame,” “Love Stinks,” “Must of Got Lost,” and “I Do,” among other songs. They hit number one around the world with the 1982 album Freeze-Frame. Geils was born in New York City and grew up in Far Hills, New Jersey. In between his stints in his namesake band, Geils was a respected auto racing and restoration expert. He was also a member of the New Guitar Summit and the Kings of Strings. He released a solo jazz album in 2005.