J. Geils Band Founder Dies

Known best as J., guitar player John Geils died April 11 at his Groton, Massachusetts home at the age of 71. Law enforcement authorities found an unresponsive Geils but suspect the cause of death was due to natural causes.


Geils was the founding member and guitar player for the rock band the J. Jeils Band who took their song about a crushed high school fantasy – “Centerfold” – to the top of the charts for six weeks. The song also reached the top five in Australia, Canada, and the UK.

The band also scored a top five hit and title of their 1981 album “Freeze Frame”, “Must of Got Lost”, and “Love Stinks”.

After forming in Boston in 1967 while Geils was in college studyin mechanical engineering. The J. Geils Band performed off and on with various members but always with Geils on board for over 40 years. Before making it big on their own, the J. Geils Band opened for the likes of B.B. King, Johnny Winter, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Byrds.


In 2005 Geils branched out to release own solo album “Jay Geils Plays Jazz!” in 2005. He was also in a band called Bluestime and the New Guitar Summitt.

John Warren Geils Jr was born February 20, 1946 in New York City and was raised in Far Hills, New Jersey. His first instrument was the trumpet and later the drums before picking up the guitar.

Along with making music, Geils enjoyed collecting and restoring sports cars.

There is not mention of survivors.

J. Geils Band Discography:
“The J. Geils Band”
“The Morning After”
“Live: Full House”
“Ladies Invited”
“Nightmares…and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle”
“Blow Your Face Out”
“Monkey Island Sanctuary”
“Love Stinks”
“Freeze Frame”
“You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd”

photos courtesy of:
By Carl Lender, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5927735

By Premiere Talent Associates (management) – eBay itemphoto frontphotoback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16662508

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