John Warren Geils Jr., known professionally as J. Geils has died at his Massachusetts home at the age of 71.
A preliminary report says Geils was found unresponsive in his home around 4pm Tuesday when police arrived on a welfare check. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The J. Geils band was formed in 1967 in Worchester, MA. Geils was studying mechanical engineering at Worchester Polytechnic Institute. He served as the band’s lead guitarist and vocalist. Bandmates included Danny Klein, Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, Peter Wolf and Seth Justman.
They released 11 albums blending R&B and pop. They built a following based on their live shows and the energy that was displayed during those performances.
The group’s biggest hits included “Must of Got Lost,” which reached No. 12 on Billboard’s Top 100 in 1975 and “Love Stinks,” a humorous rant against unrequited love, the title song of their 1980 album. Their song “Centerfold,” from the album “Freeze Frame” was released in 1981 and eventually charted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982. It stayed there for six weeks.