Guitarist J. Geils dies aged 71

He was found at his home in Groton, Massachusetts

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The guitarist J. Geils has died, aged 71.

He was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday [April 11, 2017].

Geils was best known for forming the band which carried his name, The J. Geils Band, in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts.


They released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985.

Their run of singles included “Must Of Got Lost” (1975), “Love Stinks” (1980) and “Come Back” (1980), but they are best known for their No 1 single, “Centerfold” from 1981.

“Centrefold” appeared on the album, Freeze-Frame, which also reached No 1.


The band reunited in recent years for occasional appearances while Geils himself released a number of jazz albums.

J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf paid tribute to the guitarist on Facebook, with a statement reading: “Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils.”

"Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils" PW

Posted by Peter Wolf on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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