Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Musician J. Geils, dies at MA home

Musician J. Geils, dies at MA home

Geils was found unresponsive after officers were called to his home on Graniteville Road in the town of Groton, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Boston, for a well-being check. Then along came their Freeze Frame album (1981), which-finally-made stars out of the hard-working band. In the mid-Nineties, he released two albums with his band Bluestime and during the 2000s, he returned to his jazz roots with three solo records. (1982 / #23), Wolf left the band over the traditional "creative differences" and the band released one final studio album, You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd (1984 / #80), with Seth Justman out front. A preliminary investigation showed that he appeared to have died of natural causes. However, they excluded Geils from a 2012 tour prompting a lawsuit and his decision to break from the band for good.

The album went to No. 1, its lead single "Centerfold" topped the singles chart for six weeks, and the follow-up "Freeze Frame" single cracked the Top 5. He founded the J. Geils Band in 1968 and the group landed on the Billboard 200 in 1973 for their record Bloodshot.

Their biggest hits included 'Must of Got Lost, ' which reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1975. Musical acts including The Eagles, U2, Billy Joel and ZZ Top all opened for the band while on tour. Geils and his band achieved a whole new level of success in the 1980s, however, most notably with the chart-topping, insanely catchy "Centerfold", about a man who discovers that his high school sweetheart became the centerfold of a men's magazine.

Freeze Frame also spawned the single Centerfold which stayed at the top of the U.S. charts for six weeks and was also a hit in Canada, Australia and the UK.

Despite their ups and downs, Peter - who fronted the group from 1967 to 1983 - paid a touching tribute to Geils on hearing of his passing. "R.I.P. Jay Geils", Wolf wrote on his Facebook page.

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