J Geils Band: Guitarist John Geils, of 1983 hit Centrefold fame, dies aged 71
12 Abril, 2017, 20:21
Geils Band, has died. 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. The band officially broke up in 1985, occasionally coming together for reunion shows.
Geils and his bandmate Magic Dick got together to form a new band in 1992. "The J. Geils Band remain one of greatest bands of all time". The Boston-based blues-rock band released 10 albums during the decade, touching the top 10 of Billboard's album chart with 1973's Bloodshot.
The three moved to almost Boston, and with the addition of keyboardist Seth Justman, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and singer Peter Wolf they became The J. Geils Band, landing their first record deal in 1970.
The J. Geils Band released a slew of albums during the Seventies and early Eighties.
No cause of death was immediately reported, but according to TMZ, police don't suspect foul play.
J. Geils Band changed labels in the late 1970s and received a strong push from Capitol, resulting in hit songs Just Can't Wait and title track Love Stinks on their 1980 release. Their third album, Freeze Frame, was No. 1 for four weeks in 1983, and its hit song, Centerfold, was No. 1 for six weeks on the Billboard Top 100.
"I Do" (from Monkey Island, 1977) - The band temporarily changed their name to "Geils" for Monkey Island, which wasn't their finest moment.
MTV did wonders for J. Geils Band as videos for "Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame" were among the most played videos of the early '80s. The band later became mired in personnel issues with singer Peter Wolf pursuing a not very successful solo career and the best no so successfully continuing without him.