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John Warren Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, dead at 71

John Warren Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, dead at 71

Another rock icon has left us, as The J. Geils Band founder and lead guitarist John Warren Geils Jr. has died at 71-years-old. Geils, was found dead today in his Groton, Massachusetts home according to a report from WCVB. "At approximately 4 pm, Groton Police responded to a home on Graniteville Road for a well-being check".

Groton Chief of Police Donald Palma Jr. confirmed the death, adding in a press release that a preliminary investigation "indicates that Geils died of natural causes".

The album, which followed the comical hit "Love Stinks", also included the title track and "Centerfold", which was No. 1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 list, the group said.

In 2009, town of Groton - where Geils moved in 1982 - named December 1 J. Geils Day. The band's official music videos for "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold" were placed into heavy rotation for weeks on MTV. However, Geils officially quit the band in 2012, where he proceeded to sue his bandmates for going on tour without him and using the band's trademarked name.

The band struggled to find a mass audience over the course of the next decade, despite keeping financially afloat through rousing live shows.

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In 1970, the band was signed to Atlantic records and, on November 16, 1970, released their debut album. The band released 12 studio albums before breaking up in 1985.

Centrefold topped the USA charts for six weeks in 1982, and peaked at number three in the UK.

At the height of their popularity in the 1980's, the band was opened for by such musical heavyweights as The Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top and U2.

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.

The J. Geils Band - fronted by singer Peter Wolf - made their Billboard chart debut on January 30, 1971, when their eponymous album entered the Billboard 200. “Its great to be recognized, but its a drag to be disappointed.


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